Thursday, June 14, 2012

Renewable Ignorance by Herman Daly (EB)

Daly gets Aquinas wrong: "Which error are we most likely to commit today? I believe we overemphasize Descartes and pay too little attention to Aquinas. I take Aquinas’s “higher things” to mean purposes, knowledge about right purposes." Aquinas, following Aristotle, is saying that the knowledge of divine things is intrinsically more valuable than knowledge of lower things. Still, his main point is correct - we should be asking whether our practices (to use MacIntyre's terms) are properly ordered to human goods, and we should be reflecting more upon what those goods are. (Hence the importance of seeking guidance from those who are wise, rather than relying upon bad reasoning masquerading as science or philosophy.)

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