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We Don't Do That Here
A neutral-sounding way to inform someone that they've crossed a line.
community  morality 
october 2017 by pw201
David Hume and the sensible knave | Ask a Philosopher
Is there a response to Hume's "sensible knave", who does evil only when he can be reasonably sure of not getting found out?
david-hume  hume  morality  knave  philosophy  glaucon 
may 2015 by pw201
Hume and subjective/objective moral values
A Twitlonger page (which I guess is what we used to call a blog post) about Hume and the varied meanings of "subjective" and "objective" wrt morality.
hume  david-hume  subjective  objective  morality 
february 2015 by pw201
The Euthyphro Dilemma -
Nice survey of the arguments and counterarguments, in relation to William Lane Craig's Moral Argument for the existence of God.
religion  william-lane-craig  euthypro-dilemma  Euthyphro  philosophy  morality 
february 2013 by pw201
Interview: Russell Blackford on Atheism, Philosophy and Morality – Rational Hub Blogs
Longish (written) interview with the philosopher Russell Blackford. I enjoyed the bits about the supposed incompatibility between science and religion, and the stuff about moral error theory.
scientism  science  scie  error-theory  religion  morality  ethics  philosophy  russell-blackford 
october 2012 by pw201
Philosophy Bro
Excellent summaries of philosophical works in bro-speak, plus readers' questions answered. Fist-bump!
aristotle  descartes  religion  morality  kant  david  hume  bro  funny  philosophy 
august 2012 by pw201
One True Morality
Muflax attempts to come up with a classification for morality, as clearly no-one knows what we mean by "objective" or "subjective" in this context.
subjective  objective  muflax  philosophy  metaethics  morality 
july 2012 by pw201
Angra Mainyu's blog: The Moral Argument: Why Craig's metaethical case for theism fails
A pretty comprehensive attempt to refute William Lane Craig's Moral Argument for the existence of God.
moral  argument  philosophy  religion  morality  theism  william-lane-craig 
january 2012 by pw201
Good Minus God: The Moral Atheist -
Louise M. Antony writes a reasonable introduction to the idea that being an atheist does not lead to moral nihilism. Mentions the Euthyphro dilemma but doesn't deal directly with apologetical responses about "God's nature" (but then we've dealt with those here before, I think).
Euthyphro  morality  ethics  philosophy  religion  atheism 
december 2011 by pw201
A Sketch of an Anti-Realist Metaethics - Less Wrong
Nice explanation of the map/territory distinction, and seems to accord pretty closely with my own views on morality.
hume  philosophy  metaethics  ethics  morality  less-wrong  lesswrong 
august 2011 by pw201
The Blog : Morality Without “Free Will” : Sam Harris
Sam Harris asks how the neuroscience of free will, or the lack of free will, should affect moral questions. I don't think people have libertarian free will, so it's nice to see Harris arguing that this doesn't mean an end to morality.
sam-harris  free-will  morality  philosophy  neuroscience 
may 2011 by pw201
Metamagician and the Hellfire Club: On moral evaluations
Blackford points out that morality doesn't require anything spooky or metaphysical to be rational and non-arbitrary, so long as we're prepared to accept that "[w]hatever judgments we make do not compel all comers, regardless of their desire-sets, to act one way or another on pain of making a mistake about the world or something of the sort."
philosophy  morality  ethics  error-theory  mackie  russell-blackford 
april 2011 by pw201
Stop Being Wrong: A Moral Imperative
C.S. Lewis wrote that "You would not call a man humane for ceasing to set mousetraps if he did so because he believed there were no mice in the house." Wrongbot points out that to behave ethically one must have correct beliefs as well as the right theory of normative ethics.
ethics  philosophy  rationality  morality  wrongbot  c.s.-lewis 
march 2011 by pw201
Ethical First Principles
A brief introduction to various sorts of ethics (virtue, deonotological, consequentialist). Some interesting comments about what causes us to reject various systematisations of morality and whether our rejections are legitimate.
morality  ethics  philosophy 
january 2011 by pw201
YouTube - Simon Blackburn - The Great Debate: Can Science Tell us Right From Wrong? (6)
I'm reading Blackburn's "Truth" at the moment, and "Being Good" is next on the queue (clearly I should get "Lust" to complete the set). Here he is arguing that Sam Harris is wrong to claim that science can answer all moral questions.
sam-harris  morality  ethics  simon-blackburn  blackburn  harris  philosophy 
january 2011 by pw201
Common Sense Atheism » Am I Sexist? (index)
Link to a series of posts: Luke at Common Sense Atheism put up a fairly crass "15 sexy scientists" post with pictures of said scientists (the scientists were all women, with the exception of PZ Myers). He got quite a strong reaction, especially over at Pharyngula (Myers's blog), read some Martha Nussbaum and eventually apologised and took down the posting.

Of note: for all that the atheists at Pharyngula tend to regard Christians as irrational, they aren't too keen on rationality when someone applies it to a domain where they mostly navigate by strong religious convictions (feminism, in this case). Luke initially seems hopelessly naive but ultimately finds the right answer and knows why it's right, which seems better than being cowed by yelling. Well done to him for publicly changing his mind.
rationality  feminism  sex  objectification  martha-nussbaum  philosophy  ethics  morality  sexism 
july 2010 by pw201
Moral Realism in the Bible?
"Most theologians seem to think the Hebrew Bible presupposes a subjective theory of ethics that grounds right and wrong in the nature or attitudes of a person, Yahweh. This is called divine command theory. Bible scholar Jaco Gericke has proposed an alternate view: that some passages of the Bible presuppose objective moral realism, such that right and wrong are grounded in something beyond the attitudes of a person or persons. Under such a view, Yahweh might sometimes be wrong."
bible  morality  philosophy  religion  christianity 
july 2010 by pw201
Failing The Insider Test: The Problem of Hell
One of the reasons I'm not a Christian any more is that I realised the God I was being asked to worship was evil. Jeffrey Amos explains what I mean with great clarity, and also addresses the "ah ha, but how do you know what's evil without God, eh?" argument.
hell  god  evil  christianity  religion  morality 
may 2010 by pw201
Nothing New Under The Sun - The biggest problem imo with organized religion
is that it validates the very human impulse to think that we can "make up" for things - rewrite the past, undo what we have done, magic away the reality with something else - that we can fix our misdeeds and harms done by harming ourselves in some way.
religion  atonement  psychology  morality 
april 2010 by pw201
A review of 'The language of God' (Francis Collins)
Gert Korthof likes Collins's stuff on evolution, but thinks the Moral Law argument (which Collins acknowledges he got from C.S. Lewis) is terrible: "Collins fails to demonstrate

a. the failure of Darwinism to explain the Moral Law (true altruism)
b. the divine origin of the Moral Law
c. b follows from a "
creation  evolution  morality  religion  science  francis-collins  c.s.-lewis  altruism 
february 2010 by pw201
God and Morality (Part 2): Owing Duties and the Euthyphro Dilemma
A good introduction to the Euthyphro Dilemma, the problem faced by people who claim moral facts can only exist if God exists: if God is a moral expert, the moral facts he's an expert on are independent of him (so you don't need God for moral facts to exist); if God is a moral "engineer", there's little motivation to do what he says, since he might tell us to do what we regard as terrible things. I mentioned the "it's God's nature which defines good" response in the comments.
morality  euthypro-dilemma  ethics  religion 
january 2010 by pw201
Creating God in one's own image
Research in the psychology of religion shows that people tend to think God thinks what they think: "People may use religious agents as a moral compass, forming impressions and making decisions based on what they presume God as the ultimate moral authority would believe or want. The central feature of a compass, however, is that it points north no matter what direction a person is facing. This research suggests that, unlike an actual compass, inferences about God's beliefs may instead point people further in whatever direction they are already facing."
religion  psychology  science  politics  god  morality 
december 2009 by pw201
A gay witch hunt in Uganda
Andrew Brown: "A bill currently before the Ugandan parliament (pdf) proposes seven year prison sentences for discussing homosexuality; life imprisonment for homosexual acts; and death for a second offence. Sober observers believe it will be passed. The Anglican church in Uganda appears to support it, and the Church of England in this country is absolutely silent."
homosexuality  morality  anglicanism  religion  christianity  sex  uganda  john-sentamu  sentamu  andrew-brown 
november 2009 by pw201
36 ARGUMENTS FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD — By Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
The Edge introduces and gives us an excerpt from Goldstein's novel. The 36 arguments (and their rebuttals) are included in the excerpt, handily: the moral argument and the cosmological argument are in there.
religion  philosophy  god  atheism  books  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
Experimental Theology: Christians and Torture: Part 6, Hell and Torture
Richard Beck over at Experimental Theology has been doing a series of posts on Christian and torture. His survey said: "Christians who believed in a horrific and never-ending hell were more likely to endorse torture. As God tortures so we torture." Unsurprising, perhaps, but interesting to see it backed up by research. In the comments, Beck notes the correlation is not strong, but is significant.
hell  torture  politics  religion  christianity  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
The Disenchanted Naturalist’s Guide to Reality
Alex Rosenberg argues that scientism is a good thing, and puts forward a very reductionist naturalism which he applies to consciousness, morality and a bunch of other stuff philosophers like to worry about. His fellow naturalists disagree in the comments (notably, Richard Carrier and Tom Clark produce good arguments against him).
naturalism  philosophy  science  reductionism  morality  consciousness 
november 2009 by pw201
Mitchell and Webb - Stalin Vs Hitler (arguing the moral toss)
"Welcome to Arguing the Moral Toss". You know who else said that: Hitler!
hitler  stalin  mitchell-and-webb  funny  video  youtube  morality  humour  debate 
november 2009 by pw201
A life changed by evidence
Series of videos by a former evangelical Christian explaining why he became an atheist. Well produced and informative stuff. The chap makes a palpable effort to show how he was a Christian and how, for much of the time before his deconversion, he thought the things he was learning could be incorporated into Christianity rather than working against it.
video  youtube  de-conversion  christianity  evangelicalism  bible  morality 
november 2009 by pw201
Gastronomic Realism—A Cautionary Tale
Loeb's charming paper comparing Moral Realism and Gastronomic Realism (the idea that some foods are simply better than others, independent of individual tastes).
philosophy  morality  food  realism  gastronomic  don-loeb  filetype:pdf  media:document 
november 2009 by pw201
Don Loeb – Moral Irrealism
Philosopher Don Loeb in conversation about moral irrealism, the view that there are no moral facts independent of our beliefs about them. Touches on whether introducing a God would help moral realism: Loeb thinks not.
philosophy  morality  atheism  don-loeb 
november 2009 by pw201
Triple negatives and Conservapedia’s support for Hitler « Gowers’s Weblog
Gowers shows that Conservapedia's article on Richard Dawkins proves that Conservapedia is evil, using MATHS.
funny  mathematics  maths  conservapedia  richard-dawkins  morality 
october 2009 by pw201
Atheism, Reason, and Morality: Responding to Some Popular Christian Apologetics
D Gene Witmer on how best to response to Christian presuppositionalists. I ran into one of them online recently, which was fun.
religion  presuppositionalism  apologetics  christianity  philosophy  rationality  logic  induction  morality  filetype:pdf  media:document 
october 2009 by pw201
Justice with Michael Sandel - Home
Harvard has put Michael Sandel's justly popular "Justice" course on the web. Well worth watching.
education  philosophy  morality  ethics  video  community  politics  harvard  justice 
september 2009 by pw201
The Moral Instinct - New York Times
Steven Pinker's article on the current state of the art in research into human moral sense. Interesting stuff.
steven-pinker  pinker  morality  evolution  ethics  game-theory 
january 2008 by pw201
Is ‘Do Unto Others’ Written Into Our Genes? - New York Times
In a series of recent articles and a book, “The Happiness Hypothesis,” Jonathan Haidt, a moral psychologist at the University of Virginia, has been constructing a broad evolutionary view of morality that traces its connections both to religion and to
evolution  morality  religion  haidt  psychology  disgust 
september 2007 by pw201
Interview on Shattered Tablets on National Review Online
David Klinghoffer is worried about “the atmosphere of secularism” that “rains down like nuclear fallout, spreading contamination” and offers the Ten Commandments as a “desperately needed diagnostic tool” to combat it. In Shattered Tablets: Why
morality  religion  seattle  klinghoffer  society  politics 
september 2007 by pw201
The Curse of Modernity
Philip Rieff’s problem with freedom in the absence of moral authority. Echoes of Neal Stephenson's stuff about the neo-Victorians.
atheism  books  culture  modernity  morality  philosophy  politics  religion  ethics  rieff  freud  freedom 
september 2007 by pw201
Nick Pollard talks to Dr. Richard Dawkins
Dawkins on evolution, God and morality, with the author of "Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult".
dawkins  religion  christianity  morality  evolution 
june 2007 by pw201
American Scientist Online - An interview with Marc Hauser
Researcher argues that humans have a universal moral grammar
morality  psychology  language  grammar 
november 2006 by pw201
Saxe: Do the Right Thing
Research into people's moral choices
morality  psychology  science 
october 2006 by pw201

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