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Compliment;

THE EVOLUTION OF MORALITY.

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LONDON:
TRÜBNER & CO., LUDGATE HILL.

1878.

[All rights reserved.]

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PREFACE.

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The present work has been written with the object of showing how far the doctrine of “ Evolution is applicable to the field of morals. As applied to this subject, the use of the term “evolution is intended to convey that certain principles of man's being are brought into active operation in the particular line or direction which is denoted by the phrase "moral.” This direction is guided by external influences in a mode analogous to that of the development of the forces of material nature. In the latter case the determining agencies are physical, whilst in the former, social influences are those which chiefly operate. Moral Evolution is therefore the development of the principles or faculties of man's nature in response to the action of social influences, the result being what is called “morality.” How far the title of the book is well chosen, the writer must leave others to judge. It is a generalized expression of the conclusion which he has sought to establish, but he is well aware that the performance has fallen far short of the intention. A more scientific form might perhaps have been given to the work by more strictly observing

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