After Virtue: An Interlude



We live in an Emotivist culture characterized by the bureaucrat. It was not always this way, contrary to the Emotivist claim. It broke in the enlightenment era where man became conceived as independent from his social roles and where he became regarded as no longer a function object. From this cascades a difference between is and ought, and the belief that factual premises cannot lead to evaluative conclusions.

The manager appeals to effectiveness, a myth.

We threw off the Aristotelian conception as a limiting factor to our development and awaited the day when social science would overcome the vagaries of our existence. This science will never appear, moving from neo-Kantianism and utilitarianism to the Emotivist end.

So here we are, without any moral direction. We are liberated of the telos, but are without the ability to speak objectively of morals, except in the forms of excuses (rights, unmasking) and fictions (effectiveness) which serve as fake moral guideposts in the Emotivist morass. Currently, we have entered a period where we trade in referent-less moral symbols, without the tools for achieving moral success.

What sort of we are we to be? Where do we go?