Ethical Complementarity -- A Complementarian Moral Theory

“Ethical Complementarity – A Complementarian Moral Theory”

Abstract: The article argues that the principle of complementarity, as employed in quantum physics, is also relevant to moral philosophy. The moral of the heart is complementary to an entropic morality, which identifies disorder as evil. The Augustinian and Neoplatonic view of evil as privation is identified with modern principles of thermodynamics. Although it is untenable as a monist moral principle, it becomes functional as a complementary opposite of moral evil. This has a bearing on the ideal of Self; the ideal nature and conduct of personality.

Keywords: privatio boni, entropy, disorder, self, theodicy, Plotinus, St Augustine, Carl Jung.

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Mats Winther

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