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← Do we need objective morals?

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Comment 1 by Jos Gibbons

I agree with you, and would add that ethics works best when it is done on a case-by-case basis rather than trying to invent a grand unified theory of good and bad. It also has parallels with cost/benefit analyses, originates from evolutionary logic, and indeed, is based on it, and to an individual comes as our impulses for compassion, empathic concern, and feelings. I would also argue that, since these depend on real world facts and cause (and are caused by) our connections with the rest of the world, part of ethics is science and learning. Trying to build an ethics system without reference to real world facts is to lose sight of what ethics is about in the first place.

Mon, 23 Jul 2012 13:52:16 UTC | #949893