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EITHICAL PHILOSOPHY on The Private Lives Of Saints

From: Richard M.
Sent on: Saturday, August 13, 2011 3:25 PM


Dear Ethical Philosophers  

Tomorrow, Sunday the 14th at 10:30 at the Purist Cafe


we will examine and ponder people we call “saints.”  At least “saint” in the sense that they are held out by others as being very, very, very moral, whatever that means.


Two people, Mother Teresa and Gandhi will be examined.  Although very different in religion, beliefs, actions and purposes, somehow millions revere them as being very, very, very moral.   


Therefore we will look at NOT WHAT  OTHERS    SAY THEY DID and BELIEVED…but rather




There are vast differences and many similarities, maybe the real questions are not about them, but about us.  What is it about us that makes us want to create such beliefs about certain people? 


The reading is posted as 1-Saints Teresa and Gandhi.doc





  1. Given the facts about these people, would you now say that they are really very, very, very moral?
  2. If we are told that someone is saintly, why do we assume that they conform to our ideas

of what is saintly, good, moral, virtuous, etc?

  1. Why do we (or some people) always need to hold some humans up as sublimely virtuous?
  2. Is it ethical, unethical or neither to believe in such transcendent beings?
  3. Do their idiosyncrasies matter in your estimation of their goodness? 
  4. If they weren’t famous, would you care about their moral idiosyncrasies?
  5. Is it possible (as they would assert) that their values are correct and yours are wrong?


 There may be some bridge complication, so be aware of the following info provided by Saint David of Heim. 



The bridges open westbound all day are Broadway, Steel, Hawthorne, Marquam. The east bound closures on these bridges end 10:30-11:00 depending on the bridge. So the impact should be minimal.




Saint Richard the Verbose


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