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Saving morality : why we cannot, and why we must

Author: J P Drake
Publisher: 2011.
Dissertation: Thesis ([B.A.] Honors--Philosophy)--Bucknell University, 2011.
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript : eBook   Archival Material : English
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Philosophers and laymen alike have often used morality to invite misconceptions of human life into ethics, and also of ethics into human life. The Kant/Williams discourse provides a rich backdrop on which to consider these misconceptions. But the misconceptions of morality involved are just as numerous and just as serious. One thing that the Kant/Williams discourse shows is this: that ethics can be neither  Read more...
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Named Person: Immanuel Kant; Bernard Arthur Owen Williams; Immanuel Kant; Bernard Williams
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: J P Drake
OCLC Number: 729373234
Notes: Supervised by: Jeffrey Turner.
Description: 1 electronic text (vii, 63 p.) : digital PDF file
Details: System requirements: Adobe Acrobat Reader.; Mode of access: Internet.
Responsibility: by J.P. Drake.

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Philosophers and laymen alike have often used morality to invite misconceptions of human life into ethics, and also of ethics into human life. The Kant/Williams discourse provides a rich backdrop on which to consider these misconceptions. But the misconceptions of morality involved are just as numerous and just as serious. One thing that the Kant/Williams discourse shows is this: that ethics can be neither contained by nor cultivated without morality. Though much of Williams' critique of Kantian morality is quite astute, the philosophical and ethical wisdoms of morality abound in spite of these. Morality understands the fundamental condition of moral loss, and the sometimes irreducible quandaries that this condition places human beings in. It understands the nature of the moral law, and the intricacies that the levels of letter and spirit invite into human life. Perhaps more importantly, it understands the uncompromising relationship between moral loss and moral law, and how the human navigation of this relationship leads into the ethical realm via giving rise to ethical conviction. Finally, for all of its pressures, morality abounds in valuable wisdoms for the one discovering that the human soul occupies a place of ethical significance in the world. It is responsible for pointing out, grounding and providing a framework for some of the most fundamental truths about the world and human beings; and these are essential to any viable ethical theory and sensible conception of human life.

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