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Though both types of behaviors are equally determined, only reasonresponsive, right action involving deeds ground desert presupposing reactive attitudes, such as praiseworthiness.
Having said this, however, it must be reiterated that these claims for ancient accounting are not to be taken as unadulterated claims of praiseworthiness.
Smith, for instance, was at considerable pains to show how the love of praiseworthiness (the desire actually to merit others' approval) gradually (one gets the feeling that he means over generations) produces individuals of the greatest moral character (Smith [1759] 1982b, III.
Our natural vanity may prevent us from dispassionately assessing the purity of our motives or the general praiseworthiness of our character or abilities, but the best literature reminds us of our vulnerabilities on this point and of the importance of persistently challenging the myths we nurture about ourselves.
We lose sight of the moral praiseworthiness of these discriminatory capacities if we think that moral praiseworthiness consisted entirely in acting on acceptable maxims with expansive ceteris paribus clauses, and not at least partly in the skill and insight with which we discern when "other things" really are "equal" and when they are not.
The praiseworthiness of an action ought not be contingent upon factors beyond an agent's control but instead depends solely upon the agent himself.
The Five Pillars are the basic practices of Islam, and most of the theological thinking of Islam is readily apparent in the practices: the oneness of Allah, the praiseworthiness of Allah, the importance of the Prophet Muhammad, and the requirements of membership in both the local and the larger Islamic community.
At the end of Part Two he makes the blameworthiness of the perpetrators even more clear by examining the praiseworthiness of people who helped the Jews.
In both contexts, the choice of a particular supplier has no obvious bearing on the importance, value, or praiseworthiness of the work to be performed.
What pride most wants, even more than praise, is praiseworthiness.
With just a little bit of effort, those rules can be converted into a means of measuring "positive desert," that is, praiseworthiness.