Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure, And the accompanying essays: Defence of Criminals & The New Morality

Edward Carpenter


“Mr. Carpenter never wrote anything in all his books so good as ‘Civilisation: Its Cause and Cure.’ It expresses in a delightful manner the best and most charming of all the doubts of our time. Civilisation, having destroyed so many idols, has at last suddenly been discovered to be itself an idol, and a destructible idol; and the true sceptic, who has so often asked in the name of civilisation whether there was any reason why we should care for creeds or traditions or unaccountable loyalties, has finally and logically come to asking, in the name of common sense, if there is any reason why we should care for civilisation.”—Daily News.


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ISBN 978-1-7397708-7-7