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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution - Image 13. 1890?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 16, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/823/show/819.

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. (1890?). The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution - Image 13. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/823/show/819

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Title The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Glasse, Henry, translator
Publisher W. Reeves
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1890?
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Anarchism
  • Anarchists
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 16 pages; 18. cm.
Original Item Location HX915.K6713 1890
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304532~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
Note Translation of L'Anarchie dans l'évolution socialiste.
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Transcript (*3) such conditions society would become impossible, and this is so generally understood that the repudiation of religions in no ' vay prevents public morality from being maintained, developed, and raised to a higher and ever higher standard- This fact is so striking that philosophers seek to explain it by the principles of utilitarianism, and recently Spencer sought tc base the morality which exists among us upon physiological causes and the needs connected with the preservation of the race. Let me give you an example in order to explain to you what we think on the matter. A child is drowning, and four men who stand upon the bank see it struggling in the water. One of them does not stir, he is a partisan of " Each one for himself," the maxim of the commercial middle-class ; this one is a brute and we need not speak of him further. The next one reasons thus : " If I save the child, a good report of my action will be made to the ruler of heaven, and the Creator will reward me by increasing my flocks and my serfs," and thereupon he plunges into the water. Is he therefore a moral man ? Clearly not 1 He is a shrewd calculator, that is all. The third, who is an utilitarian, reflects thus (or at least utilitarian philosophers represent him as so reasoning) : " Pleasures can be classed in two categories, inferior pleasures and higher ones. To save the life of anyone is a superior pleasure infinitely more intense and more durable than others ; therefore I will save the child." Admitting that any man ever reasoned thus, would he not be a terrible egotist ? and, moreover, could we ever be sure that his sophistical brain would not at some given moment cause his will to incline toward an inferior pleasure, that is to say, towards refraining from troubling himself? There remains the fourth individual. This man has been brouight up from his childhood to feel himself one with the rest of humanity : from his childhood he has always regarded men as possessing interests in[common : he has accustomed himself to suffer when his neighbours suffer, and to feel happy when everyone around him is happy. Directly he hears the heart-rending cry of the mother, he leaps into the water, not through reflection but by- instinct, and when she thanks him for saving her child, he says, 11 What have I done to deserve thanks, my good woman ? I am happy to see you happy; I have acted from natural impulse and could not do otherwise ! M You recognise in this case the truly moral man, and feel that others are only egotists in comparison with him. The whole