Letourneau Charles - The evolution of marriage and of the family


Author : Letourneau Charles
Title : The evolution of marriage and of the family
Year : 1891

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A few preliminary observations in regard to the aim and method of this work may be useful to the reader. He will do well to begin by persuading himself, with Montaigne, that the "hinges of custom" are not always the " hinges of reason," and still less those of reality in all times and places. He will do better still to steep himself in the spirit of scientific evolution, and to bear in mind that incessant change is the law of the social, quite as much as of the physical and organic world, and that the most splendid blossoms have sprung from very humble germs. This is the supreme truth of science, and it is only when such a point of view has become quite familiar to us that we shall be neither troubled nor disconcerted by the sociological history of humanity; and however shocking or unnatural certain customs may appear, we shall guard ourselves against any feeling of indignation at them, and more especially against a thoughtless refusal to give credence to them, simply because they run counter to our own usages and morality. ...




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