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By George Orwell

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An unflinching examine unemployment and existence one of the operating periods in Britain in the course of the nice melancholy, The highway to Wigan Pier bargains an in-depth exam of socio-economic stipulations within the coal-mining groups of England's business components, together with certain research of workers'wages, dwelling stipulations, and dealing environments.

Orwell was once profoundly prompted by way of his reviews whereas gaining knowledge of The street to Wigan Pier and the contrasts along with his personal cozy middle-class upbringing; his reactions to operating and dwelling stipulations and concepts on how those will be more desirable less than socialism are special within the moment half the publication.

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The whole conception is exactly paralleled in the medical treatise mentioned earlier for its possibly Protagorean use of the term metron. The author of that work regards the skill of the doctor as closely allied to a much more widely diffused one which arose in primitive times in response to the discomfort men felt when they tried, as they did at first, to subsist on the same diet of berries and grasses which sufficed for other animals. 12 The civic art is one in which no one can be an amateur [idioteuein) if there is to be a city at all (327a); and so is the art of replacing bad with good in 10.

Whyte further points out that to answer the question properly one would have to know which, if any, of the three facts mentioned in answers (1) to (3) was correct. But for the Protagorean who made up the questionnaire the facts of the matter are of negligible importance. Since the workman's situation will be bad, good, or indifferent according to the view he takes of it, the impression the employer should strive to create is simply the one which will be the most encouraging. With Whyte's example one should compare Theaetetus i67e-i68a, where Protagoras explains to Socrates that the successful teacher must never make things any more difficult for his pupils than is absolutely necessary: he should not trip them into self-contradictory statements, but simply try to help them out of the confusions and perplexities they are already in by pointing out the past mistakes which led to them.

Havelock in The Liberal Temper in Greek Politics (New Haven 1957), pp. 93-4, with the earlier discussions cited there (408-9). 11. For this interpretation of the Protagoras myth, I am indebted to M. Untersteiner, The Sophists (Engl. transl. Oxford 1954), pp. 61-2-though my understanding of what Protagoras would have meant by ' good' and ' bad' is quite different from his. 12. Neither passage uses subjectivist terminology to describe the process of improvement, but this is not in itself enough to make the analyses incompatible with what appears in the Apology.

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