- Paperback: 392 pages
- Publisher: St. Augustines Press; 1 edition (June 30, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587315580
- ISBN-13: 978-1587315589
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
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I can highly recommend this book to anyone who wishes to experience a real intellectual discourse.
This brings me to the last section of essays, Ethics, and in particular, to his last essay "In Defense of the Perverted Faculty Argument." I basically bought this book solely for the purpose of obtaining this essay, and I would recommend that others who are interested do the same. This 35 page essay is a full blown and thorough defense of the "perverted faculty" argument, which is not terribly fashionable today among not only secular academics but many of our fellow academic Catholics (e.g. Robert George, Christopher Tollefsen). Feser defines the perverted faculty argument (PFA) on page 398 as "When some faculty F is natural to a rational agent A and by nature exists for the sake of some end E..., then it is metaphysically impossible for it to be good for A to use F in a manner contrary to E." At this point in the essay, of course, he has defined the terms he uses in the definition. Feser goes on to address some common misconceptions about the PFA such as cutting your hair, chewing gum, and using earplugs. He makes the very careful distinction between using a faculty for a purpose different from its ends vs contrary to its ends. Feser addresses the other terrible misunderstanding about the use of the term "nature" or "natural." Of course, he also shows how the PFA implies the immorality of everyone's favorite pelvic issues In short, he addresses all of the standard "counterexamples" and misunderstandings of precisely what the PFA says and doesn't say.
An excellent collection of scholarly and popular essays defending traditional Catholic thought that was flourishing during humanity's intellectual high point. I highly recommend it.