Posts Tagged science

The Is/Ought Gap: It’s real but doesn’t pose a problem for “scientific moralists”

In the past two weeks I’ve stumbled upon blog entries that argued for a “scientific morality”, and in doing so challenged the “is/ought thesis”, which seems to be a rite of passage to be a naturalist these days. Unfortunately, the writers misunderstand the “is/ought” thesis, and so their arguments against it fail (but both entries […]

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Wittgenstein (and falsifiability, Popper and Snakes)

There has recently been a surge in discussion of the principle of falsifiability as a necessary condition of the sciences, due to the efforts of SelfAwarePatterns. I don’t intend to make a contribution to this discussion today, rather, I want to note that Wittgenstein, in his later works, used a similar methodology in the philosophy […]

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