Those English psychologists, who up to the presentare

Those English psychologists, who up to the present
are the only philosophers who are to be thanked
for any endeavour to get as far as a history of the origin of morality—these men, I say, offer us
in their own personalities no paltry problem ;

they even have, if I am to be quite frank about
it, in their capacity of living riddles, an advantage
over their books

they themselves are interesting ! These English psychologists—what do they really mean ? We always find them voluntarily or in- voluntarily at the same task of pushing to the
front the partie honteuse of our inner world, and
looking for the efficient, governing, and decisive – principle in that precise quarter where the in- tellectual self-respect of the race would be the most reluctant to find it (for example, in the vis
inertice of habit, or in forgetfulness, or in a blind and fortuitous mechanism and association of ideas, or in some factor that is purely passive, reflex, molecular, or fundamentally stupid)—what is the
real motive power which always impels these psychologists in precisely this direction ? Is it an instinct for human disparagement somewhat
sinister, vulgar, and malignant, or perhaps incomprehensible even to itself? or perhaps a touch
of pessimistic jealousy, the mistrust of dis- illusioned idealists who have become gloomy,


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