Wednesday, December 06, 2023

Moral Personality

 Clubs, societies, towns, guilds, unions, associations, churches, firms and nations - all have, in varying degrees, a moral personality in the eyes of those who deal with them. They have will, agency, responsibility, life and reason, and, as for their flesh and blood, we ourselves provide it. They are the objects of interpersonal attitudes - of love, hatred, admiration, contempt, affection, anger, gratitude, resentment, even of grief. To admit such facts is not to engage in outrageous metaphysics. It is simply to notice the world as it is.

[Roger Scruton, "Rechtsgefühl and the Rule of Law" (PDF).]