Theory and Practice

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI:
Theory and Practice

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This chapter discusses the application of theory to practice. It argues that while it is true that the solutions of practical ethics enhance the prospects of a good life, the reverse is true too. Knowing and living a life of moral excellence casts light on how life should begin, should it be shared, and should end. It considers the view that moral excellence is governed by the will and pertains to those things that are subject to your will—honesty, generosity, courage, diligence. Not so with the nonmoral qualities such as intelligence, good looks, musical talent, or athletic ability. It's not your fault if you are tone-deaf or a stumblebum. Thus, moral excellence is compatible with equality. You too could be morally excellent if only you wanted to.

Keywords: practical ethics; moral excellence; good life; equality; will

Chapter.  5056 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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