First Things: An Inquiry Into the First Principles of Morals and Justice

First Things An Inquiry Into the First Principles of Morals and Justice This book restores to us an understanding that was once settled in the moral sciences that there are propositions in morals and law which are not only true but which cannot be otherwise It was under

  • Title: First Things: An Inquiry Into the First Principles of Morals and Justice
  • Author: Hadley Arkes
  • ISBN: 9780691022475
  • Page: 186
  • Format: Paperback
  • This book restores to us an understanding that was once settled in the moral sciences that there are propositions, in morals and law, which are not only true but which cannot be otherwise It was understood in the past that, in morals or in mathematics, our knowledge begins with certain axioms that must hold true of necessity that the principles drawn from these axiomsThis book restores to us an understanding that was once settled in the moral sciences that there are propositions, in morals and law, which are not only true but which cannot be otherwise It was understood in the past that, in morals or in mathematics, our knowledge begins with certain axioms that must hold true of necessity that the principles drawn from these axioms hold true universally, unaffected by variations in local cultures and that the presence of these axioms makes it possible to have, in the domain of morals, some right answers Hadley Arkes restates the grounds of that older understanding and unfolds its implications for the most vexing political problems of our day.The author turns first to the classic debate between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas After establishing the groundwork and properties of moral propositions, he traces their application in such issues as selective conscientious objection, justifications for war, the war in Vietnam, a nation s obligation to intervene abroad, the notion of supererogatory acts, the claims of privacy, and the problem of abortion.

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    1. An excellent modern summation of natural law and the dead end of philosophical and moral relativism. Arkes presents a clear and cogent outline of First Principles - the immutable and undeniable foundations of moral argument. Much political argument today goes off the rails because of the ill-fated modern attempt to avoid these principles. Understanding these First Principles helps, among other things, to comprehend and articulate the dividing line between the political - those things about which [...]

    2. Prof. Arkes begins with little more than "I think, therefore I am" and constructs an impervious Judeo-Christian ethic.I'd recommend this especially for college students on summer break.

    3. Arkes advances a Kantian ethics, and he does so well.  At least in theory.  His writing requires effort, but it's worth it.  My big takeaway is that moral propositions are universal.  Meaning they apply the same to everyone in the same circumstances.  He adds something that sidesteps the main objection to Kant.  Something is wrong when we do it *without justification*.  Many have complained that Kant's "categorical imperative" would keep us from lying to the Gestapo.  The Secret Polic [...]

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