Natural Goodness, PHILIPPA FOOT. Clarendon Press, 2002, 125 pages.
Philippa Foot begins her short but intriguingly rewarding book on Natural Goodness
by recounting a story about Wittgenstein.
Wittgenstein interrupted a speaker who
had realized that he was about to say something that, although it seemed
compelling, was clearly ridiculous, and was trying (as we all do in such
circumstances) to say something sensible instead. “No,” said Wittgenstein.
“Say what you want to say. Be crude and then we shall get on.” (p. 1)
So it is no surprise that Natural Goodness itself is full of bold sayings which, although elegantly cast, will shock many readers' philosophical sensibilities. In this discussion of Foot's book I will complete compliance with Wittgenstein's advice by way of a crude attempt to interpret Foot's bold sayings.