: Why having less is more
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How can ethics and design provide humans the life jackets we ’ ll need as these storms grow in intensity? Ethics can help us in two primary ways, refl ected in the division in Western thought between the ancients and the moderns. Generally speaking, ethics involves questions about what constitutes being good and doing right. The fi rst of these – being good – played a dominant role in the thinking of the ancient world, in the virtue ethics of philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, and Epictetus, as well as of religious leaders such as the Buddha, Jesus, Augustine, and Aquinas. These thinkers all focused on the importance of developing a good character as the basis for our acting in good ways and for surviving the hardships that inevitably come our way in life. Virtue ethics went out of favour for much of the modern era, although it has witnessed a revival in the latter half of the twentieth century in the work of philosophers and writers such as Philippa Foote, Alasdair MacIntyre, and Iris Murdoch 2 .