We also might wonder at the alternatives open to a person who, by easy and obvious steps, has ended up as the agent of a tyrannical regime, awakens to the horror and wickedness of his position, but then has no way out except suicide or effectively suicidal disobedience.
This cannot be so, not just because bears, lions, and sharks cannot be to roam around eating people (which they would do with, for them, complete innocence), but because animals do not exist at the same of consciousness, of existence, as rational beings.
All ethical goods are autonomously defined by selves (i.e.
Despite popular Jewish beliefs about the afterlife or the Messiah, Rabbinical Judaism seems to have no formal doctrine that the Fall will ever be undone.
Started by ✿Janetॐ Jun 19, 2017.
If there is a general duty to become "useful" by developing our talents, regardless of our happiness, then the decision is for the latter, and we can only hope that happiness will be just happen to be the fortunate by-product of the fulfillment of duty.
Started by ✿Janetॐ Jun 11, 2016.
This is especially acute when Kant's argument for securing one's happiness is that "discontent with one's condition under pressure from many cares and amid unsatisfied wants could easily become a great temptation to transgress duties." Developing a talent in an area for which one feels no attraction or affinity and which generates only "discontent" and even misery "could easily become a great temptation to transgress duties." This betrays a looming incoherence in Kant's thought, which is the result, as we shall see, of duty being the only truly rational goal of action.
Started by ✿Janetॐ. by Anthony Aoshi Mar 1, 2016.
While Kant's inability to know the purpose of any human "faculty" destroys the basis of any duty to "develop" them, and we might also reflect that one's "talents" depend heavily on a cultural context, so that a mathematical ability might not actually be that "useful" in a culture without a mathematical tradition, or an ability to memorize the or the all that "useful" for modern purposes, we must also reflect that many people have genuine talents that nevertheless hold no attraction for them and do not make them happy.
Started by ✿Janetॐ Feb 12, 2016.
"It never occurred to you that many people wouldn't be happy doing 'what they can do best.' As a matter of fact, many people don't give a damn about what they can do best.
Will God damn the willfully unhappy soul?
If Kant had been required to live under the conditions of subsistence agriculture, Polynesian , war, and an arrogant and violent nobility, he might come to think of the life as somewhat less easy.