Derivative Virtues

Derivative Virtues - D e r ivative Vi r tues ( Siegmanns...

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Derivative Virtues ( Siegmann’s name for them though it is fitting) Independence – “One’s acceptance of the responsibility of forming one’s own Be neither a mental parasite nor a material parasite. What’s important about the virtue of independence is that it reminds u to think. It’s okay if we get ideas from other people but WE must digest them; WE must think it through. An interesting case of a failure of independence: Siegmann once had a friend who got into a discussion w/ him about Siegmann’s taking a vacation to Europe with his wife. Halfway into conversation, Siegmann could see that his friend was jealous of his going (it was much easier for Siegmann to plan such a trip; he had no children while his friend had 5). Siegmann asked, “Why did you have 5 children?” (he wasn’t being critical just curious) His answer was, “Well, all my friends were settling down & having children, so I did too.” That is a lack of independence. On the way home, Siegmann conjured up this scenario in his mind: “Suppose
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This note was uploaded on 09/30/2011 for the course PHILOSOPHY PHI2600 taught by Professor Siegmann during the Spring '11 term at FIU.

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