While I have Feser's blog on my favorites list, I don't read him enough. Thus, Vox picked up this column in which Feser demolishes the Social Justice flapjaw and defends the (Catholic) cardinal virtues instead.
...Let’s consider the fate of the cardinal virtues in a modern democratic
society. The words “wisdom,” “courage,” “moderation,” and “justice” are
certainly not absent in such societies. To some extent the content of
the traditional virtues is even respected -- democratic citizens will
approve of the courage they read about in military history or see
portrayed in movies like Saving Private Ryan, will commend moderation
where overindulgence might affect bodily health, and so forth.
much more prominent than the cardinal virtues -- and to a large extent
coloring the conception democratic man has of the content of the
cardinal virtues -- are certain other character traits, such as
open-mindedness, empathy, tolerance, and fairness. The list will be
familiar, since the language of these “virtues” permeates contemporary
pop culture and politics, and it can be said to constitute a kind of
counterpoint to the traditional cardinal virtues. And in each case the
counter-virtue entails a turn of just the sort one might expect given
Plato’s analysis of democracy -- from the objective to the subjective,
from a focus on the way things actually are to a focus on the way one
believes or desires them to be....
And Feser proceeds to show exactly how "social justice" is entirely deficient v. the real virtues.
I doubt that the "social justice" Catholic Bishops will suddenly realize that the Catholic cardinal virtues are what they should be preaching about. We've often mentioned that "social justice" is an artificial construct which is un-achievable, largely because "social justice" cannot be defined.
Feser demonstrates that fact. Read it!
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