Wednesday, June 13, 2012

To do the right thing - Standards?

     "It has always been difficult, in certain situations, to act in accord with the standards of living well - the Greek philosophers called this difficulty akrasia, or weakness of will; it is the inability to do what we know to be the right thing.
     But in the contemporary world we face a deeper and more difficult problem. It is not just that we know the course of right action and fail to pursue it; we often seem not to have any sense for what the standards of living a good life are in the first place. Or said in another way, we seem to have no ground for choosing one course of action over any other."

         Dreyfus H, Kelly SD. All things shining. Reading Western classics to find meaning in a secular age. Free Press, NY, 2011.

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