African Spir Quotes

Afrikan Aleksandrovich Špir (Russian: ???????? ?????????????? ????; German: Afrikan (von) Spir, French: African (de) Spir, Italian: Africano Spir) (15 November 1837 – 26 March 1890) was a Russian Neo-Kantian philosopher of Greek-German descent who wrote primarily in German. His book Denken und Wirklichkeit (Thought and Reality) exerted a "lasting impact" on the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche

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We can, following the exemple of Kant, consider the moral development and improvement of men, as the supreme goal of human evolution.

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The most sacred duty, the supreme and urgent work, is to deliver humanity from the malediction of Cain - fratricidal war.

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The more a man is successful in getting out (or coming out) from his own individuality, of his egoist self, and to control (or dominate) the instincts of his physical nature, the more his character, by rising above material contingencies, widen, become free and independent.

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A man, engaged in his simple reflections in everyday life, will comprehend neither the possibility, nor the benefits of self-sacrifice, but, when given ("qu'on lui donne", Fr.) a great cause to defend, and he will find only natural to sacrifice oneself for it.

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In the actual state of social relationships, the forms ("formes", Fr.) of politeness are necessary as a subsitute to benevolence.

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The realization of justice is, in the actual state of things, a matter of life or death for society and for civilisation itself.

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Possessions of this world have not been for the exclusive use by such or such category of individuals.

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Up to here, in general, we have mainly stuffed the brain of the young people with a indigestible multitude of varios notions, without thinking about enough of the prime necessity to form their character.

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The appalling and shameful scene ("spectacle", Fr.) of disarray and illogicality that manifest itself in the thought and deeds of men, will no longer be seen, once these will possess an enlighten consciouness.

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Nothing is more stimulating and more salutary to (or for) the inner (or inward) development than the exemple of men devoted to the good. It is in the company of men pursuing a same ideal that the still weavering (or unsteady) soul can set oneself ("se fixer", Fr) and stick to (or attach to) everything that is noble and generous.

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Only a moral education based on free inner discipline can bring to bear a salutary action and lead to a true morality.

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There are some who esteem that it is a naivety to believe that a moral regeneration may be possible ("soit possible", Fr.); now, if this was not the case, it would not be worth the trouble that humanity continue to vegetate without aim.

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The moral improvement demands an evolution leading to a higher consciousness

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There is a radical dualism between the empirical nature of man and its moral nature.

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To sacrifice the moral to the physical, as is done in these days, is to sacrifice reality for a shadow.

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