Posts Tagged goodness

On Moral Realism and Mind-Independence (and complex, non-natural properties)

Among non-natural moral realists there is a fascinating debate over whether basic moral properties, such as the properties of ‘goodness’ and ‘rightness’, are simple or complex properties. It is a fruitful debate to have, particularly because it seems many objections to non-naturalism have been against non-naturalist views that posit that ‘good’ is a simple property, […]

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Law and Morality (Columbia MD, gun rights, consequentialism, Kantianism, and client counseling)

I was responding to a very interesting comment on another blog when some new thoughts on an issue that I find myself thinking about frequently quickly materialized: the intersection and overlap of law and morality. It’s a thorny issue for me, because as a moral realist I think that there are objective moral truths and […]

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Inception (and the experience machine, utilitarianism, and existentialism)

SelfAwarePattern’s post from the other day on the problem of solipsism got me thinking about (my favorite solipsistic movie – no apologies to fans of the Matrix) Inception, and its tension with a thought experiment meant to undermine hedonistic utilitarianism posited by Robert Nozick. The Experience Machine Nozick asks us to consider whether we would […]

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Is Surveillance by the NSA Just? (deontology, Kant, Ross, and the priority of the right)

To say that there has been a vociferous response to the continuing revelations of surveillance conducted by the NSA might be to state the facts mildly; there has been heated debate in the public sphere on the matter, culminating in a presidential address yesterday declaring that (modest) changes would be made. President Barack Obama’s remarks […]

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The Call of Duties pt II (Thoughts on Ross’s The Right and The Good [on partial knowledge, epistemic access, and luck])

In a previous entry, I explicated W.D. Ross’s argument that “morally right action” does not mean the same thing as “morally good action”, with special attention given to the premise that was the most essential to his argument: it is the not the case that it is obligatory to act from a good motive. His […]

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Moral Twin Earth pt I (and the open question argument, Cornell realism, and the causal theory of reference)

One of the more reoccurring sci-fi plot devices is that of traveling to a “twin” earth, where persons are for the most part the same, except that different events have occurred; a recent heated debate in metaethics has been on what occurs when, stipulating that each party has discovered the objective moral truths of the […]

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The Call of Duties (Thoughts on W.D. Ross’s The Right and the Good) pt I

  For a person who professes to be a proponent of ethical pluralism (which posits the CALL OF prima facie DUTIES), I am surely among the few who have not read W.D. Ross’s The Right and the Good from cover to cover (I have read excepts in anthologies, and secondary sources, of course). I was […]

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