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por Carla Hilário Quevedo, em 16.10.08

"What is a good man like? How can we make ourselves morally better? Can we make ourselves morally better? These are the questions the philosopher should try to answer. We realize on reflection that we know little about good men. There are men in history who are traditionally thought of as having been good (Christ, Socrates, certain saints), but if we try to contemplate these men we find that the information about them is scanty and vague, and that, their great moments apart, it is the simplicity and directness of their diction which chiefly colours our conception of them as good. And if we consider contemporary candidates for goodness, if we know of any, we are likely to find them obscure or else on closer inspection full of frailty. Goodness appears to be both rare and hard to picture." Iris Murdoch, The Sovereignty of Good, p. 51.

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