Re: [sl4] normative language is rational

From: Stathis Papaioannou (
Date: Sun Feb 15 2009 - 01:58:26 MST

2009/2/15 Dimitry Volfson <>:

> We might agree on all the facts, but weight the facts differently - based on
> personal experiences that have calibrated our weighting schemes. If we give
> weight to all salient aspects the same as each other, such as reduction of
> murder rate and value of retribution to the victims' friends and family,
> then we will come to the same conclusion.

But this is the point: the weighting I give to the facts depends on my
experience and brain makeup, as for example does my preference for tea
or coffee. There is no objective morality to which we can appeal to
determine the "correct" weighting.

Stathis Papaioannou

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