Τρίτη 25 Απριλίου 2017

Comparative judgments

"On the other hand, it is true that we make comparative judgments, and it is a powerful argument for consequentialism that it makes sense of this. Deontological accounts of morality, such as Kant's, seem, at times, to take little account of our comparative ways of thinking and also to have great difficulty in explaining them. In our most urgent moral dilemmas we ask ourselves which of two course of action would be better or which among a number of actions would be best."(p. 93-94)

"Human beings find their fulfilment in mutual love and self-giving, but they get to this point via a long path of self-development, in which imitation, obedience, and self-control are necessary moments. This is not a hard thing to understand once we see the development of personality in the terms suggested by Aristotle. But it is a hard thing to practice. Nevertheless, when we understand things rightly, we will be motivated to put virtue and good habits back where they belong, at the center of personal life." (p. 111-112)

"Those thoughts are suggestions only. Rather than burden this short work with my own attempts to explain them, I refer instead to the two great works of art that have attempted to show what redemption means for us, in the world of modern skepticisim: Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov and Wagner's Parsifal. In the wake of these two great aesthetic achievements, it seems to me, the perspective of philosophy is of no great significance" (p. 143-144)

Από το ΠΟΛΥ ενδιαφέρον βιβλίο που αγόρασα από το Bookpath:

Roger Scruton, "On Human Nature", Princeton University Press, 2017

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