Graduate studies at Western
Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (2):191-202 (2012)
|Abstract||Raimond Gaita’s example of saintly love, in which the visit of a nun to psychiatric patients has profound effects on him, has been criticised for being an odd and unconvincing example of saintliness. I defend Gaita against four specific criticisms; firstly, that the nun achieves nothing spectacular, but merely adopts a certain attitude towards people; secondly, that Gaita must already have certain beliefs for the example to work; thirdly, that to be acclaimed a saint requires a saintly biography, not just an incidence of good behaviour; and finally, that there is something oppressive about saintly behaviour. I consider that Gaita does indeed leave himself open to criticism on this last point by claiming that saints love impartially. I argue that his description of the example suggests rather that the customs and practices of partial love are at the heart of saintliness and not some form of ‘life-denying’ impartiality. If I am right, then this has the twofold effect of making saintliness appear achievable by ordinary mortals and explaining our feelings of wonder in the face of such saintly behaviour|
|Keywords||Gaita Saints Love|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
|Through your library||Configure|
Similar books and articles
Stephen Mulhall (2011). The Work of Saintly Love : The Religious Impulse in Gaita's Writing. In Christopher Cordner & Raimond Gaita (eds.), Philosophy, Ethics, and a Common Humanity: Essays in Honour of Raimond Gaita. Routledge.
Christopher Hamilton (2008). Raimond Gaita on Saints, Love and Human Preciousness. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2):181 - 195.
Christopher Cordner (2011). Gaita and Plato : Goodness, Love, and Beauty. In Christopher Cordner & Raimond Gaita (eds.), Philosophy, Ethics, and a Common Humanity: Essays in Honour of Raimond Gaita. Routledge.
Mark Robert Wynn (2003). Saintliness and the Moral Life: Gaita as a Source for Christian Ethics. Journal of Religious Ethics 31 (3):463 - 486.
Lars Hertzberg (2011). Gaita on Recognizing the Human. In Christopher Cordner & Raimond Gaita (eds.), Philosophy, Ethics, and a Common Humanity: Essays in Honour of Raimond Gaita. Routledge.
Drew Carter (2013). “Part of the Very Concept”: Wittgensteinian Moral Philosophy1. Philosophical Investigations 36 (1):37-55.
Christopher Cordner & Raimond Gaita (eds.) (2011). Philosophy, Ethics, and a Common Humanity: Essays in Honour of Raimond Gaita. Routledge.
Tony Lynch (2001). A Common Humanity: Thinking About Love and Truth and Justice. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 79 (4):572 – 574.
Tamar Szabó Gendler (2002). Review of Paul Harris, The Work of the Imagination. [REVIEW] Mind 111 (442):414-418.
Andrew Hampton Gleeson, 'A Common Humanity: Thinking About Love and Truth and Justice' by Raimond Gaita.
Alasdair Maclntyre (1983). Iv. Moral Rationality, Tradition, and Aristotle: A Reply to Onora O'Neill, Raimond Gaita, and Stephen R. L. Clark. Inquiry 26 (4):447 – 466.
Raimond Gaita (1992). Goodness and Truth. Philosophy 67 (262):507 - 521.
Raimond Gaita (1982). Better One Than Ten. Philosophical Investigations 5 (2):87-105.
Added to index2011-04-26
Total downloads29 ( #48,178 of 739,140 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #61,778 of 739,140 )
How can I increase my downloads?