An Enemy of Happiness

John Kekes

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Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI:
 An Enemy of Happiness

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This chapter is about Cato whose moralizing style of life made him and those around him utterly miserable. His attitude was vanity, his manner self-righteous, and his dominant activity was to try to shore up the crumbling Roman Republic. His rigidity, refusal to compromise, and unfeeling moralism made him a precursor of a Kantian life that defeated his own purpose. The moral importance of self-knowledge and affection can be learnt here.

Keywords: moralism; vanity; self-righteousness; Cato; rigidity; unfeelingness

Chapter.  7725 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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