The Spiritual Basis of Democracy

Philosophy 17 (65):38 - 46 (1942)
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Abstract

In this article I shall employ the word “spiritual” for want of a better. It is not a particularly good word, for it is “emotive,” stirring up sentimental feelings in some people and causing the sympathies of others to shut up like clams. “Personal” is in some ways less objectionable, but a title like “The Personal Basis of Democracy” might suggest a thesis other than I have in mind. Nor is the word “moral” nearly wide enough. As to the meaning of “spiritual” all I can say now is that my readers will have at least some idea of what I am referring to by the time they reach the end of the article

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