Tag: Hermits

The Morality of Hermits?


shutterstock_181793927I was recently listening to the Rationally Speaking podcast, a show that discusses  philosophy, science and the relationship between the two. While the co-host, Massimo Pigliucci (a philosophy professor at CUNY-City College) was running through what various philosophers thought about suicide (that episode’s topic), he got off on a tangent about hermits. (You can listen to it here, with the hermit section arriving at about the ten minute mark.)

 Specifically, the discussion turned to the morality of being a hermit, which Pigliucci has a problem with because

I do think that if you choose to be a hermit, you are essentially abandoning the rest of society, therefore whatever moral duties you have to society, and therefore you cannot have a eudaemonic life.