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THE DANGER OF THE GERMAN RATIONAL TRADITION II

Such an arbitrary drawing of moral boundaries cannot happen for any ethics which is based on “benevolence and human compassion.”

And this is the case for the British tradition in ethics in which the focus is on basic sentience and feeling.  

Sommers concludes by saying that “a moral theory that does not absolutely, ‘directly,’ and foundationally anathematize cruelty must be ruled out of court.”

According to Sommers, the German rational tradition does not do this, and so is not only inferior to the British tradition, but is dangerous.

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