Tag Archives: Utilitarianism

Changing what makes us happy

from Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (click through for the hovertext and red button caption) Greg Egan in his novel Incandescence posits an alien civilization whose ancestors, in order to survive, establish a series of space habitats.  In order to ensure their … 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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Rationally Speaking: What virtues, and why?

At any rate, what I’d like to do here is to explore a bit more of my own preferred framework for ethics, neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics (the “neo” prefix should alert the reader that I’m not about to defend everything Aristotle … Continue reading

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