Raimond Gaita on Saints, Love and Human Preciousness

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Abstract

Raimond Gaita's work in moral philosophy is unusual and important in focusing on the concept of sainthood. Drawing partly on the work of George Orwell, and partly on the life and work of Simone Weil, as well as on further material, I argue that Gaita's use of this notion to help make sense of the concept of human preciousness is unconvincing, not least because he does not properly explore the figure and psychology of the saint in any detail. I relatedly argue that the notion of human preciousness in question is implausible and, in some ways, sentimental. I also explore Gaita's concept of "speaking personally" in moral philosophy, and suggest that matters here are a great deal more complicated than he supposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181 - 195
Number of pages15
JournalETHICAL THEORY AND MORAL PRACTICE
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

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