You can mark in desire the rising of the tide, as the appetite more and more invades the personality, appealing, as it does, not merely to the sensory side of the self, but to its ideal components as well.
I suppose what’s happened recently has confirmed suspicions I voiced in the book, and I think made clearer some of those things that I point out. For instance I have a section of the book where I talk about the possibility of torture.
But unfortunately Locke treated ideas of reflection as if they were another class of objects of contemplation beside ideas of sensation.
It’s also much clearer how much damage the occupation of Iraq is doing to America’s reputation and prestige around the world; and that’s just starting now to hit home in the United States.
The essence of pleasure is spontaneity.
My work is based on the assumption that clarity and consistency in our moral thinking is likely, in the long run, to lead us to hold better views on ethical issues.
As we realize that more and more things have global impact, I think we’re going to get people increasingly wanting to get away from a purely national interest.
To keep a person ignorant is to place them in a cage.
I don’t think nationalism is alone holding the field; it’s in contention with a lot of different things.
The perceptive act is a reaction of the mind upon the object of which it is the perception.