Agreement, Objectivity and the Sentiment of Humanity in Morals

  • Christopher Cherry
Part of the Royal Institute of Philosophy Lectures book series


Fairly recently, I came upon the following passage in a review of a book by Colin M. Turnbull, called The Mountain People:

A child dumped on the ground is seized and eaten by a leopard. The mother is delighted; for not only does she no longer have to carry the child about and feed it, but it follows that there is likely to be a gorged leopard near by, a sleepy animal which can easily be killed and eaten. An old woman who has been abandoned falls down the mountainside because she is blind, so a crowd gathers to laugh at the spectacle of her distress. A man about to die of gunshot wounds makes a last request for tea. As he feebly raises it to his lips, it is snatched from him by his sister, who runs away delighted. A child develops intestinal obstruction; so his father calls in the neighbours to enjoy the joke of his distended belly.


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© The Royal Institute of Philosophy 1975

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