From: BillK (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Aug 24 2006 - 05:46:53 MDT
On 8/24/06, Patrick Crenshaw wrote:
> I don't know what exactly Eliezer's brand of objective morality is,
> but I would certainly like to see something demonstrating that it is
> the doctrine of morons. Care to send a link?
I doubt if this is really an SL4 topic,
ARE MORAL VALUES OBJECTIVE? James Fieser
SUMMING UP THE PROBLEM OF OBJECTIVE MORALITY
The issue of objective morality involves a dispute between two camps.
Optimists believe that morality is objective, absolute, and universal.
Plato, who best represents the optimists, held that morality is
grounded in the eternal spiritual realm of the forms. Pessimists, on
the other hand, tend to follow in the philosophical tradition of
skepticism, and deny the existence of an external spiritual realm of
moral values or any other source of objective moral truth. They hold
that morality is relative, that is, a purely human creation.
Individual moral relativists believe that individual people create
their own values, and cultural moral relativists believe that
societies shape values. Champions of relativism include Sextus
Empiricus, Montaigne, J.L. Mackie, and many social scientists.
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