ivory tower ethics

Moral philosophers have fallen into such abstruse arguments about such painfully irrelevant matters that they have managed to completely obliterate any vestige of their natural intuition for what is, simply put, good; otherwise they could never blithely write such drivel as:

A pure consequentialist perfectionism in principle could enjoin the sacrifice of those who had little potential for perfectionist achievement for those who had great potential. But such a view would at least have the virtue that those who were sacrificed would be contributing to the goal of maximum perfectionist achievement — a goal they should share if they are consequentialist perfectionists.

Don’t they know that sacrificing people is wrong?! that the disposing of people can and should never be associated with perfection?! Shouldn’t a moral philosopher at least point that out somewhere in the paragraph?!


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