Friedrich Nietzsche, Daybreak:  Reflections on Moral Prejudice. Morgenröte: Gedanken über die moralischen Vorurteile (also could be translated as The Dawn).

Written and published in 1881.

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Everyone is continuously occupied in bringing more or less influence to bear upon the morals which prevail in a community: most of the people bring forward example after example to show the alleged relationship between cause and effect guilt and punishment thus upholding it as well founded and adding to the belief in it.  A few make new observations upon the actions and their consequences drawing conclusions from them and laying down laws; a smaller number raise objections and allow belief in these things to become weakened.  Yet they are all alike in the crude and unscientific manner in which they set about their work: if it is a question of objections to a law or examples or observations of it or of its proof confirmation expression or refutation we always find the material and method entirely valueless as valueless as the material and form of all popular medicine.  Popular medicines and popular morals are closely related and should not be considered and valued as is still customary in so different a way: both are most dangerous pseudo—sciences.  
 

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