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First published in 1922, this title written by L. T. Hobhouse, British politician and one of the leading theorists of Social Liberalism, is a seminal work concerning the social application of ethical principles for the common good. The object of the book is to show that social and political institutions are not ends in themselves.
Hobhouse argues that the social ideal is to be sought not in the faultless unchanging system of an institutional Utopia, but in the love of a spiritual life with its unfailing system of harmonious growth unconfined.
'The light that streams into darkness from Dr. Hobson's study window is clear, bright and steady … A remarkably able book.' - The Times
'He combines profound penetration with wide range and catholic sympathies. Unlike so many philosophical books, this one is written in English that is good to read.' - Manchester Guardian
'Profoundly interesting … posesses the high quality of truthfulness and scientific good faith.' - Westminster Gazette
1. Ethics and Social Philosophy 2. Rights and Duties 3. Liberty (1) Moral Freedom 4. Liberty (2) Social and Political Freedom 5. Justice and Equality 6. Personal Justice 7. The Payment of Service 8. Property and Economic Organisation 9. Social and Personal Factors in Wealth 10. Industrial Organisation 11. Democracy
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