chapter  6
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Morality’s critics

The Moralists have endeavour’d to rout Vice, and clear the Heart of all hurtful Appetites and Inclinations: We are beholden to them for this in the same Manner as we are to Those who’destroy Vermin, and clear the Countries of all noxious Creatures. But may not a Naturalist dissect Moles, try Experiments upon them, and enquire into the Nature of their Handicraft, without offence to the Mole-catchers, whose Business is only to kill them as fast as they can?