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"'. . . that He may teach us about His ways
And that we may walk in His paths.'
For from Zion will go forth the Law
Even the Word of God from Jerusalem."
|Voluntaristic pragmatism asserts that "good" applies to whatever promotes our course of action or desired ends. Men like Dewey and James, building on the same concerns as the utilitarians, sought to make ethics relevant to man by associating it with human projects or goals. In the long run it turns out that there are only successful and less successful types of behavior; the evaluative difference between various activities is only one of degree, not one of quality or kind. Hence there is really no moral system at all, unless one posits that all men are obligated to act in a way which maximizes success-a principle which is as dubious as it is arbitrary. Pragmatism is not immune from the same type of criticisms which have been leveled against subjectivism and utilitarianism. In pragmatism moral obligation is out of place, an intrinsic good is unknown, authority is lacking, and selfish motivation is the only one known. Pragmatism is simply an unsuitable counter-intuitive foundation for morality.|
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