Thursday, October 25, 2007

Rank Utilitarianism now Reigning US (Immoral) Philosophy

This blog is dedicated to applying the principles of scholastic moral philosophy as articulated in the Aristotelian/Thomistic synthesis to the consideration of current events. Unfortunately, in much of the developed West, rank Utilitarianism (read perverted self-interest) has become the reigning/controlling philosophy where moral considerations are concerned. Were the "3" elements of every moral act [object, intent, circumstances] to be properly considered and expeditiously applied most of the world's pressing problems would either not have arisen or could be easily solved. Instead, individuals and nation states have embraced a disastrous post-Enlightenment philosophy which denies the existence of moral absolutes (exceptionless moral norms) in order to pursue their selfish aims.

The looming war with Iran is beyond all reasonable doubt immoral from the perspective of traditional moral norms as found in the "golden rule" ethic which for almost 2000 years has been embraced in the West. Over the past several decades however, Utilitarianism has all but extinguished it--resulting in a plethora of immoral public policies and personal practices. It is past time for persons of good will to recommit themselves to the golden rule ethic and to scholastic moral reasoning before life as we know it is irrevocably changed.

--Dr. J. P. Hubert

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