1st edition
248 pages
Softcover 13,5 x 21,5 cm
ISBN 978-3-948442-10-1
published 11/2021
EUR 26,00 inkl. Mwst.

Paul Crichton

Mind and Morals – Philosophical Explorations

Paul Crichton’s brilliant Mind and Morals brings together a number of philosophical reflections that inspire the reader to ponder important matters, often to reconsider positions one has taken previously.

“What is Visual Awareness For?” and “More Things Happen by Chance than We Think” are only two examples of cogent essays on topics any reader would find interesting, and his essay “A Great Artist but a Terrible Human Being” obliges us to contemplate our aesthetic idols with feet of clay, e.g. Caravaggio, Wagner, and Bergman. The author’s elegant prose makes us consider Kant’s “material idealism” in “Does Kant Succeed in Refuting Scepticism about the External World?” – no small feat when interpreting the Königsberg philosopher. The author masterfully controls the complex sources and manages to enlighten us without recourse to overmuch philosophical detail. Take this book in hand, begin perusing any chapter, and you will find your mind and spirit enlivened by new ideas and new questions.

Dan McCaslin, Ph.D. California

Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple
about 1600, El Greco (by permission of the National Gallery, London)

El Greco's painting "Christ Driving the Traders from the Temple" (circa 1600) illustrates one of the negative effects of commercialization discussed in the chapter on the "Social and Political Implications of Individually Distinctive Self-Realisation" in "Mind and Morals". There it is argued that individually distinctive self-realization involves discovering and acting on what we, as individuals, care about, and that one of the things we care about is justice. The Temple is valued by those who go there regularly as a place of worship of God, and its use as a commercial space detracts from this value and thereby does the worshippers an injustice. Moreover the goods which are sold there may include some which only the rich can afford, and this would create an injustice for the poor.