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An Ethical System Based on the Laws of Nature

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    HUXLEY maintained that ethical progress depends, not on imitating the cosmic process, but on com bating it. M. Deshumbert proclaims a not less exaggerated theory that the whole duty of Man is to bring his conduct into harmony with Nature. Organisms are rich in adaptations which secure self-preservation and the perpetuation of the species; and if man is to continue, to survive, he must become increasingly fit in these directions. Organic Nature, historically regarded, shows, on the whole, a progressive differentiation and inte gration of the nervous system; and man must follow this trend. But among animals it is often clear that success has rewarded not merely strength or cunning, but sociality and care for the offspring as well; and Man must vie with Nature in parental care and mutual aid.

    An Ethical System Based on the Laws of Nature.

    By M. Deshumbert. Translated from the French by Dr. L. Giles. With a preface by Dr. C. W. Saleeby. Pp. ix + 231. (Chicago and London: The Open Court Publishing Co., 1917.) Price: 2s. 6d. net.

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