Tag Archive: Glassen_A Fallacy in Aristotle’s Argument about the Good

Does the good-will justify the means?

Thursday, September 7, 2017.
And so it is not that the actual end result makes any agreeable or disagreeable method permissible, but rather it is the “good-will” (ie, the “end” in its earliest and perhaps most perfect stage) that drives and instigates all activity, and seems to make all necessary methods permissible/agreeable. To use Selim’s favorite terminology, the so-called “good-will” is what grounds everything.
And so, in this way, even a very principled sort of ethical theory — such as a Kantian one — can be consequentialist so long as it is adequately teleological.


The benefit in having a well-functioning soul

Tuesday August 8, 2017.
Unlike Aristotle, I never say that it is the person who “functions” well. It is the soul that benefits the person precisely because it is the soul that is something with a function in relation to the person. People don’t have functions — except, maybe, to be someone to whom all functions could exist in relation.

“Happiness” really does feel good

Sunday, August 6, 2017.
I don’t know what Aristotle would say, but my hunch is Socratic, and I think that everyone can live in the most genuine and authentic way as possible, and that in fact, everyone does want to live in the most genuine and authentic way as possible, and finally, that it’s realistic to think that we could and should build a world in which all people can and do live in the most genuine and authentic way as possible.