The underlying assumptions of Germain Grisez’s critique of the perverted faculty argument

Author:

Carlos A. Casanova

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Espíritu: ISSN 0014-0716, Year 69, Issue 159, 2020, pages 95-126

Language:

English

Abstract:

This paper demonstrates the underlying assumptions of Germain Grisez’s critique of the perverted faculty argument. In the first place, it establishes what formulations of the principle Grisez considered in his criticism (those of Father Henry Davis) and what his arguments are. Afterward it establishes his assumptions: (a) a latent ethical logicism; (b) a pragmatist conception of choice and the good; (c) a mistaken metaphysics of being, the good and the theoretical and practical principles. It underlines John Dewey’s influence. Lastly, it defends the classical formulation of the perverted faculty argument and even its rendition by Father Davis.

Key words:

Perverted faculty argument, Germain Grisez, choice, good as source of ethical rules.

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