Who Are Moral Philosophers? Ethics William James Style todd lek an Muskingum University many of william james’s ethical writings celebrate appreciation and respect for diverse ways of life. For example, in the essay “On a Certain Blindness in Human Beings” (OCBH, hereafter), James argues that it is a worthy endeavor to strive to overcome blindness to alien values in order to appreciate their rich diversity. In the essay “The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life” (MPML, hereafter), he defends an inclusivity principle (IP) en- joining us to create a world that allows for the greatest diversity of ideals and demand satisfaction. James writes: Since everything which is demanded is by that fact a good, must not the guiding principle for ethical philosophy (since all demands conjointly cannot be satisfied in this poor world) be simply to satisfy at all times as many demands as we can? That act must be the best act, accordingly, which makes for the best whole, in the sense of awakening the least dissatisfactions. In the casuistic scale, therefore, those ideals must be written highest which prevail at the least cost, or by whose realization the least possible number of other ideals are destroyed. (MPML
The Pluralist – University of Illinois Press
Published: May 5, 2018
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