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Single Idea 9250

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory]

Full Idea

There can be no question of holding forth on ethics. I have seen people behave badly with great morality and I note every day that integrity has no need of rules.

Gist of Idea

Discussing ethics is pointless; moral people behave badly, and integrity doesn't need rules


Albert Camus (The Myth of Sisyphus [1942], 'Abs Man')

Book Reference

Camus,Albert: 'The Myth of Sisyphus', ed/tr. O'Brien,Justin [Penguin 1975], p.64

A Reaction

I don't agree. If someone 'behaves badly with great morality' there is something wrong with their morality, and I want to know what it is. The last part is more plausible, and could be a motto for Particularism. Rules dangerously over-simplify life.