Re: [sl4] foundationalism

From: Johnicholas Hines (
Date: Sun Feb 15 2009 - 13:19:24 MST

On Sun, Feb 15, 2009 at 2:56 PM, Eschatoon Magic <> wrote:
> What is the relationship between mathematics and ethics/morality?
> Simple: there is no relation. They are non-overlapping domains of
> thought.

I agree with you the two domains do not overlap. However, they are
similar in that they are both distinct from Science.

Mathematics is not falsifiable by experiment. Similarly, Ethics is
also not falsifiable by experiment.

One person, Alice, cannot convince another person, Bob, of a
mathematical statement like "There are infinitely many primes.", if
Alice and Bob do not both believe some basic statements about primes,
natural numbers, or set theory.

Similarly, Alice cannot convince Bob of an ethical judgment like "We
should strive to preserve endangered human languages.", if Alice and
Bob do not both believe some basic judgments about what are good
actions or good goals.


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