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by prof
Sun Jul 22, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The universal aim of ethics
Replies: 28
Views: 10646

Re: The universal aim of ethics

I can agree ... Neuroscientists have discovered mirror neurons which can help to play a role in promoting ethics. It is not a question of altruism, compassion or empathy as imperatives for ethics, but rather how the above are optimize to the specific circumstances. As such, we will have to look for...
by prof
Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:18 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The universal aim of ethics
Replies: 28
Views: 10646

Re: The universal aim of ethics

Hullo Prof, I agree we need to be careful with our beliefs. However, I do find the universal aim of ethics interesting .... I am just wondering if Tomascik is alluding to something like the synthetic apriori? I say this in reference to the claim that we seem to have a natural impulse toward altruis...
by prof
Mon Jul 16, 2012 8:16 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The universal aim of ethics
Replies: 28
Views: 10646

Re: The universal aim of ethics

...He is rooting a universal standard of some sort in our very biology, and he looks to scientific methods to give us guidance in applying what we inherently yearn for ...how to achieve the highest quality of life. { :idea: It may just turn out that promoting the happiness and flourishing of other ...
by prof
Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:51 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can you connect these ethics terms in one paradigm?
Replies: 2
Views: 1460

Re: Can you connect these ethics terms in one paradigm?

Yes, Dave K, it can be done. I'd like to take a stab at it. In the ethical meta-language known as Formal Axiology (theory of value employing logic), many of the words you list refer to concepts that are regarded as properly valued systemically, since they have something about them that connotes a sy...
by prof
Sat Jul 14, 2012 7:20 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: The universal aim of ethics
Replies: 28
Views: 10646

The universal aim of ethics

Kevin Tomascik argues that the universal aim of ethics is the aim toward personal well-being. He claims "it is an aim that is inherent to our biological makeup, and is in our genes so to speak." Yet, he goes on to say: "it’s very unlikely that this aim alone could provide any real moral guidance." T...
by prof
Thu Jul 12, 2012 8:55 am
Forum: Articles in Philosophy Now
Topic: The Meaning of ‘Meaning’
Replies: 5
Views: 2183

Re: The Meaning of ‘Meaning’

Yes, J Huber is correct when he says that meaning "is used to define something. It is used to say the same thing in a different manner." It is also used to describe. And it connotes as well as denotes. Alfred North Whitehead in his PROCESS AND REALITY speaks of "prehension" as a way that one individ...