What makes a good philosophy, especially an ethics?
(1) READABILITY — if most people can’t fathom what’s being said, then what’s the point? Anyone who has ever read Hegel’s ‘Phenomenology of the Spirit’ or Nietzsche’s ‘Zarathustra’ knows what I mean.
(2) PRACTICALITY — if a philosophy told you to throw your first-born into a fire pit, most would never do it. If it said to give away all your wealth to the poor, most would never do that. It has to be such that most people would do so naturally.
(3) CONSEQUENCES — as much as possible, the philosophy has to avoid disasterous results. Someone spouts on about the Superman (Nietzsche) and soon the ‘superman’ is herding the ‘subhumans’ into Auschwitz. Someone else spouts ‘From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs’ and you get the Soviet Gulag Archepelago.
I’m sure there are other requirements for a good ethics, and I know there are folks here conversant with this. Thoughts, anyone?