The Ethics of Hercules: A Study of Man's Body as the Sole Determinant of Ethical Values

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CHAPTER IX
THE MITIGATION OF THE CONFLICT BETWEEN FREEDOM AND OBLIGATION

"There is a phrase 'liberty of conscience' which well expresses the modern conception of moral obligation. It recognizes that duty in the last analysis is imposed upon the individual neither by society nor even by God, but by himself; that there is no authority in moral matters more ultimate than a man's own rational conviction of what is best."

R. B. PERRY, "The Moral Economy," p. 34.

"One could scarcely construct a more erroneous view than that every human being is endowed at birth with the same 'lump sum' of freedom, which remains an inalienable possession throughout life. Our freedom is not complete, it is in the making. . . . The process by which freedom is won is the process of enlightenment. It is the truth that sets men free, the clear perception of moral relations and moral laws, the understanding of human nature and its true needs."

W. G. EVERETT, "Moral Values," pp. 358-9.

One of the most revolutionary changes which the scientific study of psychology has wrought consists in the demolition of all the barriers which formerly divided the body from the mind. The intellect,

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