Tom Morris's (the head of the Philosophy
Department at Notre Dame
) system of organizing and selecting philosophies of life
. The principle states that a slight inconsistency
within a philosophy must not necessarily result in the destruction
of the philosophy itself. Therefore, philosophies must be patched up whenever possible to be closer to the ideal
. One must weigh the comparative value of the one issue to the value of the entire philosophy.
I am a ( Jew, Christian, Buddhist, Democrat, Republican ); this is where I find my strength and direction in life. However, I do not like the way ( Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Democrats, Republicans ) support ( no female clergy, abortion, foreign policy, vote on taxes ). Should I give up my entire belief system? Most likely the answer is no. The Principle of Conservation of Belief is applied.
I am engaged to a wonderful, loving, responsible person. If I am to hear of her mistakes in the past, should I then break my engagement to marry the person? The answer, of course, is no. Once again, the principle is applied.