Tuesday, April 10, 2007

A Fatal Philosophical Flaw

Today in Philosophy, we were discussing John Locke (philosopher, not formerly paralyzed character from Lost). One of the important pieces of John Locke's philosophy is the dependence on an abstract concept he called natural law--a certain way of working amongst humans that exists as an instinct.

Woosh! A magical, non-concrete concept that can fly in and solve all problems of injustice. The Greeks pulled this little stunt too. Plato had an abstract concept he called "the good" for defining all that was good.

Aren't these definitions incomplete? This is like discovering a car for the first time and saying "haha, this is it, this is the end!" Why not break down the good? Why not break down natural law?

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