Category Archives: Morality

Is there a moral arc to history?

The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice. As someone who isn’t able to find an objective basis for morality, I’ve often wondered what that means for the above statement from Martin Luther King.  It certainly … Continue reading

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The unavoidable complexity of morality

I’ve written before on why science can’t determine morality.  This isn’t a particularly controversial position (even if many of Sam Harris or Michael Shermer’s followers find it so).  No one seems to have found an intellectually rigorous answer to David … Continue reading

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In search of an objective morality

I’ve had a few conversations lately on morality, and it strikes me that I haven’t written about it in quite a while.  The discussions focused on whether there is any objective morality, or any objective definition of good and evil. … Continue reading

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Sam Harris, the fact-value distinction, and the problem with a science of morality

A few years ago, Sam Harris published a book, ‘The Moral Landscape‘, which argued that science could determine moral values.  To say that it received substantial criticism, from scientists, philosophers, and others, would be an understatement. Late last year, Harris issued … Continue reading

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American positions on moral issues and tensions between the moral foundations

Gallup did a poll on American positions on various moral issues, finding that Americans are now more accepting than ever on a range of issues. Most of these I don’t find particularly surprising.  Of course, it turns out that Democrats … Continue reading

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The scope of objective facts and morality

Our recent discussions, particularly on the thread about Jonathan Haidt’s response to Sam Harris’s challenge, left me thinking about the various scopes of objective facts.  In retrospect, it’s a bit obvious to me now that a key question in moral … Continue reading

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The foundations of morality

Last week, I made a post on the fact that we have desires, urges, impulses, motivations, that are inherently not rooted in reason or logic, that while reason and logic are extremely useful, they are tools of these desires, these … Continue reading

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