Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Becoming Good

In light of the aims of this blog, see this post at my other ethics blog, Ethics for Everyone.

Blog Name #24

Well, maybe not 24, but a recurring habit of mine is changing the name of this blog. The current iteration of this is "A Useful Inquiry," based on the following quotation from Aristotle:

"We are inquiring not in order to know what virtue is, but in order to become good, since otherwise our inquiry would have been of no use."

I believe that thoughtful inquiry can be useful for the cultivation of character and the pursuit of human flourishing. Philosophical knowledge of virtue is important, but for the inquiry to be useful in the most important way such knowledge should be applied. This blog is a place for raising issues, questions, and considering ideas relevant to these ends. And sometimes I'll just post about something simply because I want to write about it. It is a blog, after all.