- Jeremy Bentham, The Greatest Happiness of the Greatest Number, Section II. First Principles Enumerated — Human Nature 2: "By the principle of self-preference, understand that propensity in human nature, by which, on the..."
- Goethe, Faust, VI, Witch’s Kitchen, lines 2353-61: "Betake thyself to yonder field, There hoe and dig, as thy condition; Restrain thyself, thy..."
Social philosophy is the study of questions about social behavior and interpretations of society and social institutions in terms of ethical values rather than empirical relations. Social philosophers emphasize the social contexts for political, legal, moral, and cultural questions.