Sunday, June 26, 2011

on one half of virtue.

“You see,” said he, “the difference between you and her is this. She is unjust, but does not want to be just. In her injustice she’s completely okay with herself. But you, on the other hand though you’re just as unjust as she is, you don’t want to be. You’re unjust but not okay with it. And that’s all the difference in the world.”


“Even if, by a special disfavor of fortune or by the niggardly provision of a stepmotherly nature, this will should wholly lack the capacity to carry out its purpose if with its greatest efforts it should yet achieve nothing and only the good will were left (not, of course as a mere wish but as the summoning of all means insofar as they are in our control) then, like a jewel, it would still shine by itself, as something that has its full worth in itself.”
Kant, Metaphysics of Morals 4:394


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