Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

James Patrick Griffin

American-born Moral Philosopher, Professor at Oxford, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Awarded Rhodes Scholarship

"Are there things valuable because desired, or desired because valuable?... Desire is not blind. Understanding is not bloodless. Neither is the slave of the other. There is no priority."

"A person who utters words, or does acts of admiration, gratitude, or appreciation only on utilitarian grounds becomes a person without admiration, gratitude or appreciation. If utilitarianism has no place for desert, desert has no place for utilitarianism either."