The evidence which he presents seems to indicate quite clearly that usefulness to human society is t

The evidence which he presents seems to indicate quite clearly that usefulness to human society is t

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Unformatted text preview: The evidence which he presents seems to indicate quite clearly that usefulness to human society is the sole factor that is responsible for the origin of justice and for the high esteem with which it is universally held. He points out, for example, that in an imaginary society in which all the needs of people are supplied by a bountiful and beneficent nature, there would be no justice since the need for it would not arise. In a society of this kind, there would be no property rights, and any regulations concerning the holding or use of material goods would be superfluous. Something like this type of situation prevails at the present time with reference to the free uses of air and water. The same thing is true in a primitive society where there is more than enough land to meet the needs of the entire population. Within certain limitations, this is also true of the water in the meet the needs of the entire population....
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