Social Rights and Duties. Leslie Stephen

Carlos C. Closson
1897 Journal of Political Economy  
ILondon: Sw-aln .Sonnenschein & Co., I896. So. 2 \Ir01S., ! ). 255 a n d 267. TIilE open-mindedness and breadth of outlook of these reprinted addresses of Leslie Stephen are most admirable. Few writers exemplify so completely as the author the spirit of his own fine saying "In the struggle to discover truth even our antagonists are necessarily our cooperators."' As the natural accompaniment of this intellectual temper, is a certain lack of definiteness in thought and in expression. The author
more » ... ssion. The author is so conscientiouslv cautious that after the most careful balancing of opposing arguments he sometimes hesitates to report which carries the greater weight. The reader is, however, compensated for this defect, if such it be, by many passages brilliant and striking in form as thev are admirable in substance. For example, the weak point of some popullar economic fallacies is aptly brought out in the sentence: While people are proposing to lengthen their blankets by cutting off one end to sew upon the other, one has to point out that the total length remains constant." Again a common failing is (;leverly and justly characterized by the designation of it as the " error of inventing some scheme which is in sociology what schemes for perpetual motion are in mechanicss" 3 To the economist, the essays of mnost imnmtediate interest are those dealing with the relations of "Science and Politics " and with " the
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