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rocket777's Avatar Jump to comment 20 by rocket777

Not all absolute morality is bad. All absolute means is that some idea has lasted a long time.

For example, the act of murder has rarely been considered moral, except by certain criminal gangs and governments. This is pretty close to an absolute morality.

Actually, I think what is needed are a few basic principles, such as the principle that would find aggressive force (or threats thereof) to be immoral.

With such a principle in hand, one can more easily judge the morality of some act. The non-aggressive force principle would find that both murder and theft were immoral - even if a majority approves - e.g. as might occur in a democracy that votes to transfer wealth by force.

Sat, 01 May 2010 18:48:00 UTC | #464666