Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What Makes Man Different from Animals.17

“I desire nobody to go farther than his own bosom for an experiment whether ever violence gained anything upon his opinion, whether even arguments managed with heat do not lose something of their efficacy, and have not made him the more obstinate in his opinion, so chary is human nature to preserve the liberty of that part wherein lies the dignity of a man, which, could it be imposed on, would make him but little different from a beast.”

--Locke, An Essay Concerning Toleration

What makes man different from animals? His liberty of opinion, upon which force cannot be imposed. 

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