These English psychologists whom we have to thank

These English psychologists whom we have to thank for the only attempts up to this
point to produce a history of the origins of morality—in themselves they serve up to
us no small riddle. In the way of a lively riddle, they even offer, I confess, something
substantially more than their books—they are interesting in themselves! These
English psychologists—what do they really want? We find them, willingly or
unwillingly, always at the same work, that is, hauling the partie honteuse [shameful
part] of our inner world into the foreground, in order to look right there for the truly
effective and operative force which has determined our development, the very place
where man’s intellectual pride least wishes to find it (for example, in the vis inertiae
[force of inertia] of habit or in forgetfulness or in a blind, contingent, mechanical
joining of ideas or in something else purely passive, automatic, reflex, molecular, and
completely stupid)—what is it that really drives these psychologists always in this
particular direction?


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