On Guilt, Justice and Purpose


But acts in accordance with virtue are not justly or temperately performed simply because they are in themselves just or temperate. The doer at the time of performing them must satisfy certain conditions; in the first place, he must know what he is doing; secondly, he must deliberately choose to do it and do it for its own sake; and thirdly he must do it as part of his own firm and immutable character.

Moral purpose is a deliberate desire to bring about something good within our power to be accomplished…a wish is directed rather to an end but a moral purpose to the means.

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