A History of Social Philosophy

A History of Social Philosophy

A History of Social Philosophy

A History of Social Philosophy

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THE STORY OF SOCIAL PHILOSOPHY, of all that man has thought regarding human relations, their origin and destiny, is even more thrilling than the story of philosophy, because it is more vital to human welfare. What man has thought regarding his universe, his mind, and the meaning of his individual existence is, of course, of the deepest interest; but it hardly has the tragic significance for his welfare that is possessed by his thought about his institutions, his culture, and the meaning of his history.

The story is too long, however, to be told in any single work. Moreover, it is only just beginning to be written. That is true regarding even the great currents of social thought that have guided the development of our own civilization. Regarding the social thought of peoples and civilizations other than our own, we know as yet very little. We know, indeed, that there must have been thought to guide the development of their cultures and institutions; for some sort of thought, some sort of a philosophy of social values, has always guided man in the development of his institutions and human relations, even though sufficient allowance is made for uncon-

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