Download e-book for kindle: A Philosophical Walking Tour with C.S. Lewis: Why It Did Not by Stewart Goetz

By Stewart Goetz

ISBN-10: 1628923164

ISBN-13: 9781628923162

Although it's been virtually seventy years given that Time declared C.S. Lewis one of many world's so much influential spokespersons for Christianity and fifty years in view that Lewis's demise, his effect is still simply as nice if no longer larger this day.

whereas a lot has been written on Lewis and his paintings, almost not anything has been written from a philosophical standpoint on his perspectives of happiness, excitement, soreness, and the soul and physique. consequently, nobody to this point has well-known that his perspectives on those concerns are deeply fascinating and arguable, and-perhaps extra jarring-no one has but safely defined why Lewis by no means grew to become a Roman Catholic. Stewart Goetz's cautious research of Lewis's philosophical idea finds oft-overlooked implications and demonstrates that it used to be, at its root, at odds with that of Thomas Aquinas and, thereby, the Roman Catholic Church.

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It is the idea of an extrinsic property, where such a property is one that is had by an object in virtue of its standing in a relationship to something else. The most prevalent kind of extrinsic property is instrumental in nature, where an instrumental property is one that is had by an object in virtue of that object’s production of a property in another object. For example, a certain food might be healthy (have the property of being healthy) because it is instrumental in producing or preserving health in a person who eats it.

Even now, at my age, do we often have a purely physical pleasure? Well, perhaps, a few of the more hopelessly prosaic ones; say, scratching or getting one’s shoes off when one’s feet are tired. I’m sure my meals are not a purely physical pleasure. ”65 A treatment of Lewis’s view of happiness would be incomplete without mentioning friendship. ”66 Friendship is not identical with happiness but is a source of it. And how is this? Lewis tells us in The Four Loves that [f]riendship arises out of mere Companionship when two or more of the companions discover that they have in common some insight or interest or even taste which the others do not share and which, till that moment, each believed to be his own unique treasure (or burden).

Seven 30 (2013): 37. Lewis, Miracles, 221–2. C. S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 2001), 54. Hedonistic Happiness 31 for its own sake in cases of cruelty. Even here, however, Lewis stressed that those who are cruel are so not for the sake of that which is evil. “[C]ruelty does not come from desiring evil as such,”47 but from the desire for some good, which is either pleasure or something that leads to pleasure: But in reality we have no experience of anyone liking badness just because it is bad.

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