Stanley Eveling

Moral Thinking

Ethics and Problems of the 21st Century

By K E Goodpaster and K M Sayre (eds)

University of Notre Dame Press 210pp £3.60 order from our bookshop

Imagine that human beings had been designed by a very talented but rather malicious half wit. Here we are, then, so made, rather nimble, quick fingered, quite bright, mortal and aware of it, with feelings we identify as of sorrow and compassion, whatever they are, built to kill and to manipulate, modify, smash up or down our environment to the end that we survive, not individually, but as a species. It is like living with a set of perversely contradictory instructions. Sometimes that is how it seems, a kind of glory, a jest and a riddle that but slenderly knows itself, etc.

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