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Against this attitude, functionalism was a fully justified protest - a protest which has done immeasurable good and still needs making. It needs making, not only because few architects even now, especially in England, are practical-minded enough; but because we have not yet fully explored the exciting aesthetic possibilities offered by new materials and methods of construction. And when the old styles were getting thoroughly stale and stuffy, the functionalists let some fresh air into the architectural profession, and set it free to think about the needs of its clients more than about academic stylistic quarrels.

As for the character in the novel, who thus expresses his unconcern, a writer of a novel can put what sentiments he pleases in the mouths of his characters - subject to the limits of verisimilitude. By the time we have read this particular novel, it seems to us not inappropriate that the character who is the hero of it should express unconcern about absolutely everything. In fact, it has been pretty clear right from the beginning of the novel that he has not for a long time been deeply concerned about anything; that is the sort of person he is.

We have to consider, in Kant's phrase, whether we can will the maxim of our action to become a universal law. Really the fundamental difference is not between morality and expediency; it is between a narrow national self-interest and public REASONS OF STATE 23 spirit. Both can be called kinds of expediency; for both aim at some good, and the expedient is what is conducive to good. But the first is an immoral kind of expediency, aiming only at the good of the agent and his country; whereas the second is a kind of expediency which is coextensive with morality.

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