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Paul Roazen, Ph.D. (1936 – 2005): Being Honest about the Past
--- Joseph Epstein in Narcissus Leaves the Pool.
The quote above from Joseph Epstein, teacher, editor, essayist and short-story writer, reminds me of the work of philosopher David Hume. In 1739 Hume wrote that reason is, and ought only be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to another office than serve and obey the passions. Our moral intuitions are the way to understand moral truths.
David Hume would approve of the work of Jonathan Haidt (pronounced “height”), professor of social psychology at the University of Virginia. He has brought Hume and Epstein into the laboratory, moving moral psychology from a rationalist model to an intuitive, emotional level. He explains his moral model in his new best-seller, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion.”
― Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907 – 1972)