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by prof
Tue Feb 12, 2019 9:24 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How and why the Hierarchy of Value formula is sound
Replies: 106
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How and why the Hierarchy of Value formula is sound

In a spirit of cooperation with Flash Dangerpants, I am taking a suggestion he offered to initiate a new thread. This thread also is in keeping with Kant's book, Logik, written earlier, but translated into English in 1800, a book in which he introduces three basic kinds of concepts: the construct, t...
by prof
Sun Feb 10, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

If you are going to tell people "we would ' strive ' ", then that is NOT some thing most people WANT to do. People have to WANT to do some thing before they will do it. Telling people to strive to minimize chaos, misery, destitution and avoid suffering is to tell people to strive/try their hardest ...
by prof
Sun Feb 10, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

Greetings, Age Thank you for starting to read the book. And thank you for your intelligent contributions to the discussion. As you learned, I am opposed to Individualism, and to Rankism. I argue in favor of individuality, solidarity, teamwork, self-respect and respect of others. I personally feel at...
by prof
Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

Imagine if you will Robinson Crusoe never having met Man Friday , he would have no need for empathy unless he developed empathy towards the fishes and dolphins.empathy is a social skill. The above strikes me as a sort of paraphrase of what is found - in the 5th and 6th paragraphs of page 10 - alrea...
by prof
Sat Feb 09, 2019 12:29 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

The only framework that has had anything resembling of success in quantifying human values and choices is economics. What was just said above is not true. Formal Axiology measures values ...values such as "importance." See the entry on "Value Science" in Wikipedia. See the endnotes in M. C. Katz - ...
by prof
Fri Feb 08, 2019 11:14 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

"Society" is a concept abstracted from real individual people. Even "a group of people" is real. You can touch, see, hear, and maybe smell them. "The state", unzer "Hiemat", "our homeland," "society," are all just concepts in the mind. So also is "unicorn," "hyper-space," "tooth fairy," "Santa." By ...
by prof
Fri Feb 08, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

Yes, I want us to connect, to form communities, and eventually to identify with our species as all one family. we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together —not as selfish or isolated individuals. However, I do not agree that the individual ...
by prof
Fri Feb 08, 2019 8:48 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

:roll: Maybe you two guys should start your own new thread. It feels like you are hijacking this one.... In the first post I asked: Did I succeed in the project of creating a better ethical theory? There might be something in this essay that you can use in class. If you are a student, you can teach ...
by prof
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

. Age writes: "Why not just live by the one lore of; Do not abuse any thing? Could one be living any more ethically than that?" Yes, one could . By living by what I wrote earlier - and in the most-recent post above - one would be living more ethically than just avoiding a negative concept. In each s...
by prof
Thu Feb 07, 2019 4:33 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

As those who have read the proposed new paradigm for Ethics found in THE STRUCTURE OF ETHICS book know, the Ethical Theory it sets forth is not oriented around the concept "action." Nor "course of action" either. Nor "consequences either;" for how does one measure a "consequence," where it starts an...
by prof
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

Nothing exceptional to it. It's still a trolley problem. Speaking of “The Trolley Problem,” on p. 24 of Katz – Basic Ethics - see http://tinyurl.com/mfcgzfz - this passage is found: It is an empirical fact that people tend to hold any single one of their close relatives as more valuable than multip...
by prof
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:46 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

I agree with doing the least harm possible; but want to emphasize that there is a lot more to Ethics - the useful body of knowledge and the discipline of research and implementation - than that one derived maxim: Do no harm. As you can learn from the booklet, The Structure of Ethics, another maxim ...
by prof
Mon Feb 04, 2019 3:15 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

In my book and other writings I offer a clear and relatively-simple (in a good sense of "simple,") system of Ethics. It deals with the what and the how]. It may be immediately taught by educators and parents all over the planet. In that sense it is universal. It is inter-subjective; in that sense it...
by prof
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

Wiki informs us that: the "Silver Rule" as it is sometimes called: 'don't do to others what you don’t want them to do to you ', appears in several works of Greek philosophy and also in earlier Jewish writings. It also appears in other traditions such as Buddhism and Confucianism. [/size] I devote a...
by prof
Sun Feb 03, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?
Replies: 207
Views: 7741

Re: How construct a sound Ethical Theory?

I agree with what Logik wrote in the last post with respect to doing the least harm possible; but want to emphasize that there is a lot more to Ethics - the useful body of knowledge and the discipline of research and implementation - than that one derived maxim: Do no harm. As you can learn from the...