Monday, July 11, 2016

Noticed in Kant

Noticed this weekend in Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Chapter 1:
Power, wealth, honour, even health and that complete well-being and contentment with one's state which goes by the name of 'happiness' produce boldness, and as a consequence often over-boldness as well, unless a good will is present by which their influence on the mind--and so too the whole principle of action--may be corrected and adjusted to universal ends; not to mention that a rational and impartial spectator can never feel approval in contemplating the uninterrupted prosperity of a being graced by no touch of a pure and good will, and that consequently a good will seems to constitute the indispensable condition of our very worthiness to be happy.

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