The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality

The Moral Fool A Case for Amorality Justice equality and righteousness these are some of our greatest moral convictions Yet in times of social conflict morals can become rigid making religious war ethnic cleansing and political pu

  • Title: The Moral Fool: A Case for Amorality
  • Author: Hans-Georg Moeller
  • ISBN: 9780231145091
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Paperback
  • Justice, equality, and righteousness these are some of our greatest moral convictions Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges possible Morality, therefore, can be viewed as pathology a rhetorical, psychological, and social tool that is used and abused as a weapon.An expert on Eastern philosopJustice, equality, and righteousness these are some of our greatest moral convictions Yet in times of social conflict, morals can become rigid, making religious war, ethnic cleansing, and political purges possible Morality, therefore, can be viewed as pathology a rhetorical, psychological, and social tool that is used and abused as a weapon.An expert on Eastern philosophies and social systems theory, Hans Georg Moeller questions the perceived goodness of morality and those who claim morality is inherently positive Critiquing the ethical fanaticism of Western moralists, such as Immanuel Kant, Lawrence Kohlberg, John Rawls, and the utilitarians, Moeller points to the absurd fundamentalisms and impracticable prescriptions arising from definitions of good Instead he advances a theory of moral foolishness, or moral asceticism, extracted from the amoral philosophers of East Asia and such thinkers as Ludwig Wittgenstein and Niklas Luhmann The moral fool doesn t understand why ethics are necessarily good, and he isn t convinced that the moral perspective is always positive In this way he is like most people, and Moeller defends this foolishness against ethical pathologies that support the death penalty, just wars, and even Jerry Springer s crude moral theater Comparing and contrasting the religious philosophies of Christianity, Daoism, and Zen Buddhism, Moeller presents a persuasive argument in favor of amorality.

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    1. Very frustrating, in the sense that the author does a far better job in attacking the views of others rather than in presenting his own. What he is doing is not so much making a case FOR amorality, as he is making a case AGAINST any sort of a priori, Natural Law, hell against sort of system of thought where specifics can be drawn from generalities.As an example: he criticizes the US invasion and occupation of Iraq. And then criticizes it again, and then again. All fine by me, in fact I think we [...]


    2. The introduction of this book is titled, "Is It Good to Be Good?" That question captures well the basic thrust of Moeller's discussion. The moral fool is not wilfully immoral. Rather, the moral fool is one who is agnostic as to whether good and evil have any objective, let alone absolute, standing in reality; who thus can never affirm or deny for sure whether it is "good to be good." In this, the moral fool is inspired by Daoist philosophy (although Moeller draws on Chinese Confucian and Buddhis [...]


    3. Moral philosophy can often be thick and difficult to read, but Moeller presents his views in a really down-to-earth way that's easy to understand. If you're interested in reading up on moral philosophy, this would be a good place to start.


    4. Although I don't agree with the conclusions to most of Moeller's arguments, I found this book to be one of the most compelling reads in a really long time. Recommended if you are looking for a moral system outside of, or adjacent to, Western Judeo-Christian morality.



    5. Good book on a way of looking at morality I hadn't thought of before. I like the idea of removing the Moral or ethical claim from the law especially.


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