Re: RARA-AVIS: Greco-Roman philosophy and hardboiled ethics

From: William Denton (
Date: 31 Aug 2005

On 31 August 2005, wrote:

: I once read a compare and contrast on western ethical philosophy and
: eastern, or specifically confucian (sp?) ethical philosophy. The point
: of the comparison was that western ethics were generally absolute. You
: do the right thing because it is the right thing to do. This is fine as
: long as the people around you have more or less the same notion of
: ethics and follow them.

Relativists might agree, but others wouldn't. Compare and contrast with the Continental Op in Poisontown. He went blood simple, as he said, and decided to bring the whole town to its knees to clean it out. What would Confucius think about that? I don't know. He had the right end in mind, but his means ...


William Denton : Toronto, Canada : :

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