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Modes and Sensibilities: Varieties of Ethical Thought

Informing projects for social cohesion and class peace of Christian-humanitarians, was the desire to instill the governing classes with fraternal rather than paternal sentiments. The project is to be financed and organized by the workers themselves with a minimum of intervention on John Thornton's part. It assumes as does John Stuart Mill in his Principles of Political Economy that the introduction of autonomy into industrial relations might encourage workers to become self-directing, and more intelligent and developed individuals. If Thornton's moral progress involves achieving the type of autonomy that can embrace an interactive mode of thought, in Margaret Hale's development coming to recognize the salience of authenticity in one's life is pivotal. And yet since the achievement of moral maturity, of which authenticity forms a key component, is an ongoing enterprise, this paragon of virtue, wisdom and beauty, is seen to be engaged at critical moments in an attempt at re-evaluation in order to regain power and command over herself'.