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The Idea of History by R.G. Collingwood
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Jul 13, 10

Read in December, 2009

My favorite excerpt...
"To quote Kant: 'Man desires concord; but nature knows better what is good for his species.' Man wants to live easy and content; but nature compels him to leave ease and inactive contentment behind, and throw himself into toils and labours in order that these may drive him to use his wits in the discovery of means to rise above them. Nature, that is to say, does not care for human happiness; she has implanted in man propensities to sacrifice his own happiness and destroy that of other, and in following these propensities blindly he is making himself the tool of nature in her plan, which is certainly not his, for the moral and intellectual advancement of his species."

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