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Single Idea 4005

[catalogued under 23. Ethics / C. Virtue Theory / 3. Virtues / h. Respect]

Full Idea

If you want to discriminate more finely what makes humans worthy of respect, you must call to mind the claim of human suffering, or what is repugnant about justice, or the awe you feel about human life.

Gist of Idea

To have respect for people, you must feel their claims, or their injustices, or hold them in awe


Charles Taylor (Sources of the Self [1989], 1.1)

Book Reference

Taylor,Charles: 'Sources of the Self' [CUP 1992], p.8

A Reaction

A persuasive part of the claim that such feelings are inseparable from thinking about people in any way at all.