Monday, 28 April 2014

Philippa Foot Says Moral Philosophy Starts with Plants

Plants need strong roots to flourish. Human beings need courage. Photo by Janet Cameron
Photo by Janet Cameron, all rights reserved.

In an interview with Rick Lewis of Philosophy Now, moral philosopher Philippa Foot explains her theory about ‘natural goodness,’ stating that vice is actually a form of natural defect.
We can describe defects in human beings in exactly the same way as we describe defects in plants and animals. It is, she claims, important to begin by discussing plants. “This surprised some people!” she says.
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