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by prof
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

Vegetarian taxidermy wrote: Being considerate of others is what holds society together. ...I accept that being considerate is socially cohesive, but you haven't really addressed the question; who decides what is socially acceptable? Living successfully, living ethically, is acceptable in the main. ...
by prof
Tue Jun 27, 2017 12:50 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

Vegetarian taxidermy wrote: Being considerate of others is what holds society together. ...I accept that being considerate is socially cohesive, but you haven't really addressed the question; who decides what is socially acceptable? Living successfully, living ethically, is acceptable in the main. ...
by prof
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:13 am
Forum: Philosophy of Religion
Topic: A definition of Gd, and some implications that follow
Replies: 0
Views: 21

A definition of Gd, and some implications that follow

"Evil" is a theological term for badness. "God" may be viewed as a theological term for goodness. More exactly, God is a bundle, a blend of all the Intrinsic Values rolled into one. For some examples of Intrinsic-values [abbreviated as 'I -values'] are:Liberty, Community, Integrity, Morality, Authen...
by prof
Sun Jun 25, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

Greetings, Nick A, "Evil" is a theological term for badness. "God" may be viewed as a theological term for goodness. More exactly, God is a bundle, a blend of all the Intrinsic Values rolled into one. For some examples of I-values: Liberty, Community, Integrity, Morality, Authenticity, Beauty, Truth...
by prof
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:29 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

The discussion so far on this thread has been of excellent quality :!: It's been a joy to read and learn from your posts. Announcement for one and all: 8) I can nform you that Dr. Katz has for your convenience reduced the price of his new ethics book to under One Dollar U.S. Here is a link to https:...
by prof
Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

Greetings, Londoner Because, my friend, you actually did do some {albeit perhaps a bit cursory or random} reading, this shows me you are a serious student. There was an essential section that was somehow overlooked, namely pp.7-9 of BASIC ETHICS. So, as a service to you and other readers, I'll repro...
by prof
Tue Jun 20, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

IIn 1546 John Heywood said "There are none so blind as those who will not see." The first five chapters in that citation to which I gave you a link take up only 25 pages. Were they not written clearly? The author tried there to explain what the German/British/American Philosopher, R. S. Hartman cont...
by prof
Mon Jun 19, 2017 5:35 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

Is a kind and compassionate citizen of an amoral group moral if they are providing love, help and comfort to those engaged in amoral acts? Is a competing nation moral if it opts not to be ruthless and strategic at the expense of its people? Yes, Greta, that citizen is moral (to a large degree) acco...
by prof
Mon Jun 19, 2017 4:04 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

Greetings Londoner Okay. Thank you for the clarification. Much of what you write is true. We have dialoged regarding these issues before, at three or four different websites. Since you seem to be unaware of the definition of "value" in the axiological literature, I have to wonder, Is there is any po...
by prof
Sun Jun 18, 2017 3:01 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

Living ethically will help you have a harmonious life; this is a testable hypothesis. And it is falsifiable; for if you ignore the principles and behave in a contrary way the theory predicts you will have friction and disharmony in your life. It is only a testable hypothesis if 'harmonious' and 'et...
by prof
Sat Jun 17, 2017 9:56 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

I am curious to know in what sense the term is intended by such scientists. But not so curious as to purchase a Kindle. The chapter headings are quite appetizing. Is there another way to obtain & read this piece? The book by M.C. Katz, How to Live Successfully , does not discuss animal ethics, but ...
by prof
Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:36 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Do the ends justify the means?
Replies: 22
Views: 237

Re: Do the ends justify the means?

(Only remember: connect no non-existent dots.) Right there, you are telling us how to live, or suggesting how Philosophy mighty be done better. This is fine. The former could be based on one's theory of Ethics. And that is what I'm interested in - and why it is appropriate in this Forum. The thread...
by prof
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:35 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?
Replies: 13
Views: 264

Re: Competing ethical theories - or a grand synthesis?

Science is about what works. The claim is being made here {as well as in the book, How to live successfully} is that if you live by the principles offered in that book, then it not only will work in your own life, but also work to benefit the entire human race, in that it will make an ethical world...
by prof
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:45 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: What are the advantages to behaving morally?
Replies: 45
Views: 1057

Re: What are the advantages to behaving morally?

You can't make a blanket assertion on what specific strategy an individual should utilize in the abstract. It will depend entirely on the specific set of circumstances the individual finds himself or herself embedded in. But you need some criteria so that you can assess what you should do in the sp...
by prof
Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:32 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Do the ends justify the means?
Replies: 22
Views: 237

Re: Do the ends justify the means?

I That is uncalled-for. That is, in fact, so low that you have thereby forfeited any credible claim to ethical scientist or moralist or interlocutor. Mea culpa . Yes, that was uncalled for. My profound apologies. I slipped up there. I won't again mention you and the U.S. President in the same sente...