The Individual, the State and World Government

The Individual, the State and World Government

The Individual, the State and World Government

The Individual, the State and World Government

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This book was written during the war but revised later, especially the last chapter. My purpose is to discuss rationally the chief general political principles at issue in the world today. Though the work is written by a specialist in philosophy, I should be very sorry if it were read only by professional philosophers and their students; and there are in it very few pages, if any, that a person need be deterred from reading because he has not read any philosophical works. Yet we often talk philosophy without realising it, and everyone who takes any positive view of the present crisis in human development is really assuming some general principles of the same kind as those that are treated in books on political philosophy. Philosophers have a reputation for discussing useless subjects, but at any rate this charge cannot be brought against the present work; whatever the reader may think of its merits or demerits, he cannot deny that the subjects discussed in it are of about as much practical importance as anything can be. I do not know whether in the quickly moving world of to-day there will not occur changes that put some details and illustrations out of date before they have had time to get into print; but we can be sure that, whatever has happened by then, the great issues with which it deals -- democracy, the rights of the individual, the concept of the state, international organisation -- will not have been finally settled, if indeed they ever will be.

My cordial thanks are due to the firm of Macmillan for having undertaken publication in these difficult times. I am also indebted to Professor H. H. Price and Professor H. B.Acton . . .

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