Living the Good Life
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: The Catholic University of America Press
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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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I would like to thank all those who have helped with this book. Those deserving special mention include my wife, Christine, for her constant support and guidance; James Stromberg, who provided the foundation and inspiration; ...
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...there an absolute truth?” The narrator steps down a hill into a clares, “This is what comes of the belief in absolute truth.” Sud-of his insight, it seems, had not yet sunk in. Yet surely he ex-pressed an idea that is common stock in our society. While Jesus Christ said, “The truth will set you free,” today we profess that ...
2. Ethics and the Good Life
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...fectly unjust person, he says, will rise to power through unjust means, but because he is so perfect at his injustice, he will never get caught. He will become the ruler of his city, and will have lously wealthy and well liked by all, since he is so crafty as to ac-complish his injustice without notice. In contrast, the perfectly ...
3. Reason and the Emotions
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We have all heard the saying, “If it feels good, do it,” but we probably wouldn’t associate it with ethics or morality. Indeed, it seems like a recipe for disaster. Raping feels good to rapists, killing feels good to serial killers, and tyrannizing others prob-perience that what feels good is not always the best, either for ...
4. Conscience and Choice
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Have you ever heard it said, “All that matters in ethics is that you do what you believe to be right”? Or “Just follow your con-science”? Seems like sound advice. Unfortunately, too often the seed of truth within these sayings is distorted into a denial of all morality. If all that matters is that we do what we believe, ...
5. Loving and Choosing
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The will plays a central part in the moral life, and yet many peo-ple want to deny that we have a will. They say that we are merely of deterministic behaviorists, who point to various influencing trains a child to behave in another; and growing up in wealth yet as they act. Their emotional dispositions are fixed, not through ...
6. Doing Right and Desiring Right
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We haven’t yet discovered whether I took the twenty dollars or re-turned it. Recall that the teller gave me the extra twenty; with my reason I judged that it was fair to return it, but in my emotions I longed to keep it, so that I was beginning to rationalize. What, ultimately, do I do? Do I stuuniFB00 the bills in my pocket or do I resist ...
7. Virtue and the Emotions
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Ethics is sometimes presented as a series of complicated and dif-ficult choices, for which we must become adept at sophisticated tified?” “Should we legalize euthanasia?” “Is abortion morally wrong?” “Should we censor pornography?” Conflicting views are presented on these and other heated issues. Further, we are ...
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The antithesis to the virtue of justice is probably realized in the modern ethical theory called utilitarianism, as well as its many ouniFB00spring, which go by the name of consequentialism. For while the virtue of justice seeks to treat others with equity and fair-ness, utilitarianism disregards equality for the sake of quantity. ...
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If justice is equality, then injustice is inequality, which is de-rived from the closely related word “iniquity.” Injustice treats ter of their destinies. In this respect, the concept of injustice is aptly expressed by Kant’s second formulation of his categorical as a means. Other people are not mere tools; their end and good ...
10. Intrinsically Evil Actions
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...killing, and no matter the noble motives of the killer, murder is ple killed. Bernard protests the action, but the dictator does not listen. Finally, he relents, saying that he will not kill the twenty, insist that we should never kill an innocent person. On the oth-er hand, a utilitarian would point out that by killing one person ...
11. Virtue and Truth
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Ethics does not tell us the truths of science; it does not teach us Aquinas lists science as a virtue, and that various skills, such as medicine or architecture, also count as virtues (I-II, 57). Our guidelines of how to lead a good life. A truly fulfilling human life will realize our human capacities, especially those associ-...
12. Practical Wisdom
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...seen, will be heavily influenced by our habits of desiring. As I stand in the bank holding the teller’s extra twenty dollars, I may judge that I should return the extra money, but if I am greedy, then I am likely to take it anyway. Still, you might insist, part of ethics is figuring out what is to be done. And so it is. A class ...
13. Ethics and Knowledge
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In our discussion of ethics we have asserted that some things are right and others wrong. We have said, for instance, that we ought to have fair exchanges with others, that we ought to conform our that we should not steal, and that we should not lie. How is it, you ments over moral questions abound. DiuniFB00erent societies have dif-...
14. Ethics and Happiness
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...question. Which way of life is the happier and more profitable, the unjust life or the just life? You will recall that Thrasymachus thought that the unjust life was happier, because the perfectly he is well liked by everyone, and he achieves all that he hopes for. The perfectly just man, on the other hand, has a reputation ...
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Page Count: 216
Publication Year: 2013