April 7, 2009


The End of Philosophy (DAVID BROOKS, 4/07/09, NY Times)

Socrates talked. The assumption behind his approach to philosophy, and the approaches of millions of people since, is that moral thinking is mostly a matter of reason and deliberation: Think through moral problems. Find a just principle. Apply it.

One problem with this kind of approach to morality, as Michael Gazzaniga writes in his 2008 book, “Human,” is that “it has been hard to find any correlation between moral reasoning and proactive moral behavior, such as helping other people. In fact, in most studies, none has been found.”

All of philosophy is just the attempt to liberate morality from God and it failed. If you were looking for one reason that the Anglosphere thrives while continental Europe dies, you need look no further than the distinctive Anglo-American skepticism about Reason.

Posted by Orrin Judd at April 7, 2009 8:11 AM
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