Thursday, September 6, 2007

Torn Confession

“The criticism which most perturbs me is that my book [The Perfectibility of Man (Scribners, 1970)] encourages complacency, contentment with things as they are, by suggesting that any sort of enthusiasm, any attempt to encourage men to pass beyond the every-day limits of their life, is automatically to be condemned. I confess myself torn on this point.” --John Passmore, The Perfectibility of Man, second edition, pp. 7-8.

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