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Philosophy of World Affairs

Nature volume 141, pages 10731075 (18 June 1938) | Download Citation



THE impressive appeal for national unity which Mr. Eden uttered at the annual banquet of the Royal Society of St. George contained many passages which should appeal particularly to the scientific worker. Recalling the rectorial address at St. Andrews in 1934 in which General Smuts emphasized the threat to freedom and self-government even then offered by the new experiments on the Continent, and pleading for freedom not as an abstract political ideal but as a creative force inspiring youth to noble action, Mr. Eden reminded his audience that to uphold our ideals arid our conception of life called for an effort and a spirit comparable with that made by the totalitarian States for their own purposes. For our faith in freedom, in toleration, in justice, the rule of law and co-operation, we should be prepared to make every contribution in our favour.

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