Ermanno Bencivenga

in Ethics Vindicated

Published in print December 2006 | ISBN: 9780195307351
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199867851 | DOI:

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That an act is unqualifiedly good means that it is rational: moral values are reason's commentary on facts. The only free acts are the good, rational ones; when one behaves irrationally, one is no longer acting at all. Which does not mean that one should not regard oneself as responsible for one's evil behavior. On the contrary, doing so is an additional act, conducive to the reestablishment of the rational level of interaction that was interrupted by the evil behavior.

Keywords: good; evil; rationality; responsibility

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Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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