Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Pursuit of perfect virtue

  1. The pursuit of perfect virtue should be central to my life.
  2. Necessarily, a virtue that does not completely guarantee acting rightly is not perfect.
  3. If an afterlife is unavailable, virtue that completely guarantees acting rightly is also unavailable.
  4. The pursuit of something unavailable should not be central to my life.
  5. So, an afterlife is available.


Kara said...

Without having defined whether virtue is contentful or more formal,... this sounds as though it is a reiteration of Kant's reasoning for why we need the practical postulate of immortality...

Alexander R Pruss said...

It's not an argument for a practical postulate, though, but a direct argument for the conclusion that an afterlife is available.