The efficacy of "example" has also on occasion. been called in question. Either -- so the argument runs -- either the. moral potency exists in a person -- in which case it does its work without requiring extraneous encouragement; or else it does not -- in which case no amount of stimulus from without can bring it into being.
And the argument cannot be answered by adducing instances to any number in which ex ample has been effective; for it indicts as contradictory the very notion of "example," and any cases that might be cited would presuppose. the validity of the concept denied. The concept therefore must be examined, the inner fibre of the argument itself tested, to find (as we shall find) that what seemed to be its strength is really its weakness.
It is a strength or a weakness which resides in the assumption that the mind, or, as I say,
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Publication information: Book title: The Conduct of Life. Contributors: Benedetto Croce - Author, Arthur Livingston - Translator. Publisher: Harcourt, Brace and Company. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1924. Page number: 217.
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