Published November 25, 2022
In the first sentence of his Nicomachean Ethics, probably the most influential work on morality ever written, Aristotle declares “Every art and every inquiry, and similarly every action and pursuit, is thought to aim at some good.”
Although a profound philosopher, Aristotle did not need any special insight for this observation, for he was merely summarizing a truism. Only a madman acts without purpose, without having in mind some objective good that guides his actions and distinguishes success from failure. By this standard, the Biden administration’s new directives for non-discrimination in healthcare are textbook madness.
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Brad Littlejohn, Ph.D., is a Fellow in EPPC’s Evangelicals in Civic Life Program, where his work focuses on helping public leaders understand the intellectual and historical foundations of our current breakdown of public trust, social cohesion, and sound governance. His research investigates shifting understandings of the nature of freedom and authority, and how a more full-orbed conception of freedom, rooted in the Christian tradition, can inform policy that respects both the dignity of the individual and the urgency of the common good. He also serves as President of the Davenant Institute.
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