[lit-ideas] Re: Malevolence (Was: The Evil That We Do)

  • From: Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:16:49 -0500

Doesn't will (thought) precede action?  What am I missing here?

Julie Krueger

On Thu, Oct 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM, <Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx> wrote:

> I intend to comment on Helm's second bit, sent  today. Yesterday I
> commented on earlier bits. I append this bit about  malevolence as a bit of
> a
> challenge.
> While I agree with Helm that action  is more primary than thought, there's
> this nice Grice quote, quoting Kant, to  the effect that the good will
> (benevolentia) is like a jewel, or something --  the apex of the universe.
> Grice
> adds, "or ill-will for that matter", I think.  Grice's point is that the
> morality or immorality lies on ultimately, and  metaphysically, on the
> WILL, --
> i.e. a bit of thought? -- rather than the  action.
> Oddly, Grice considered before introducing his conversational  maxims that
> there was a conversational principle of benevolence going on.
> In any case, just to bring will to the picture, which while not action,
> and perhaps while not thought, is somewhere in the middle, or  something.
> Cheers,
> JL Speranza
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