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by prof
Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:19 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?
Replies: 32
Views: 6560

Re: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?

One who calls others "moron", "autistic", "scoundrel" obviously doesn't know the first thing about living the ethical life. [Where is the Moderator??] According to the thorough and well-thought-out philosophical arguments by Robert and Edward Skidelsky, the prerequisite conditions for the good life ...
by prof
Sun Nov 18, 2012 2:09 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?
Replies: 32
Views: 6560

Re: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?

I refer readers to Chapter 6, entitled "Elements of the Good Life" of this book: Robert & Edward Skidelsky, HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH:Money and the good life (NY: Other Press, 2012). It is very-well written and I recommend it highly. Give it your attention for it is the latest by a professor at the Univers...
by prof
Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:57 pm
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

...People simply are not rational or logical when it comes to morality. Hi, SecularCauses I refer you to this link: http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/345820/description/Delaying_gratification_is_about_worldview_as_much_as_willpower And this finding too has moral implications: http://www.sc...
by prof
Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:04 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

chaz wyman wrote:
prof wrote:"None are so blind as those who will not see."
Who said that?
Matthew Henry, in 1708 said it. Johnathan Swift said it. And I just said it.
by prof
Thu Nov 08, 2012 1:20 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?
Replies: 32
Views: 6560

Re: Can we possibly agree on any of these points?

[/color] So tell us, please, Chaz: What is ethics all about? Whatever it might be - it is not about counting beans, as you think it is. I ask members and guests here at the Forum who have read my posts - such as What Is Ethics? - here ...any of them....: Do you think that I believe that "Ethics is ...
by prof
Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:37 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

"None are so blind as those who will not see."
by prof
Wed Nov 07, 2012 3:37 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

Greetings, Notvacka Yes. You are absolutely right in what you say. Plato, long ago, noted that we are "riding two horses." They are the emotions and reason. They pull us one way and another; but when they work together we move forward with stability and with sustainability. When a sound value judgme...
by prof
Tue Nov 06, 2012 12:54 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

It sounds like you have really made up your mind, Secular Causes. Going in with that mind set, I am confident that any system you examine from now on you will find that it confirms your bias. Your reasoning seems to be that because a system has not been satisfying to you in the past, there will neve...
by prof
Fri Nov 02, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Logical arguments for why one ought to be altruistic?
Replies: 2
Views: 2059

Re: Logical arguments for why one ought to be altruistic?

I prefer the definition of "altruism" that we can find at dictionary.com - namely, al·tru·ism    [al-troo-iz-uhm] noun 1. the principle or practice of unselfish concern for or devotion to the welfare of others ( opposed to egoism). 2. Animal Behavior . behavior by an animal that may be to its disadv...
by prof
Sun Oct 28, 2012 1:07 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How to talk about ethics
Replies: 5
Views: 1570

Re: How to talk about ethics

Greetings, Chaz You and I can agree on lots of Spinoza's conclusions; as well as on environmental protection; on not having children, in our own case; and on giving individual attention to each individual. I was addressing my remarks to you - to the readers at this Forum - not to others. Your low op...
by prof
Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:24 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: How to talk about ethics
Replies: 5
Views: 1570

How to talk about ethics

Could this be helpful in my project to discover a system so reasonable and plausible that folks will accept it as almost self-evident.? My project is to arrive at a good ethical theory, a coherent system of ethics, that will be persuasive to the world at large. 8) In the future shall I initiate an ...
by prof
Sat Oct 27, 2012 8:02 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to fail
Replies: 18
Views: 4906

Re: Why all so-called rational moral systems are doomed to f

If I agree that a logical case is not persuasive to most people, with the exception of those good brains who admire and respect a good logical argument, then we need to find a way to discuss the ethical life with the average "person in the street." It would be mutually beneficial to raise ethical is...
by prof
Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:28 am
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: On politics, government, and real opportunity
Replies: 4
Views: 1988

On politics, government, and real opportunity

ON POLITICS, GOVERNMENT, AND REAL OPPORTUNITY The public would be better served if government had more people who think Ethically. Such personnel and office-holders would operate on principles rather than just pushing policies. Don’t policies reflect principles? Not necessarily; allow me explain the...
by prof
Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:05 pm
Forum: Applied Ethics
Topic: On the topic of abortion - an ethical issue
Replies: 105
Views: 11136

On the topic of abortion - an ethical issue

The issue of abortion is an applied ethical topic since it involves a specific type of controversial behavior on the part of conscious human beings who show respect to one another and/or who value life as precious. But it also depends on more general normative principles, such as the right of self-r...
by prof
Mon Oct 08, 2012 3:12 am
Forum: Ethical Theory
Topic: Is there evidence for objective morality?
Replies: 24
Views: 5720

Re: Is there evidence for objective morality?

OT: Short answer- yes. Longer one: ...everyone who tries to argue against the mentioned principle is commiting a perfomative contradiction, because when one argues anything he performatively accepts it. Being that this ethical principle cannot be denied without commiting a contradiction, it means i...