chapter  28
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THE INDIVIDUAL IN ECONOMIC SOCIETY

In his economic conduct also the individual is determined by social forces. Law and morals, of which the classicists made mention, are not the only forces. A man is also influenced in all those relations where law and morals leave him free. He is a creature of his period and his environment-of his nation, his class and his profession. That which appears as individual in him is a particular form of the typical manner of life. The latter he receives through the education that flows from historical powers that operate through his circle. That his knowledge and skill are the result of his education in the school, the family and life requires no further discussion. But some further elaboration is necessary to show that this social education penetrates to the very heart of his individual being. Needs, impulses and egoism itself are dominated by social powers.