Blog Profile / Atheist Ethicist

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Moral Judgments vs. Attitudes of Cooperation

219 days until classes start. The reading assignment for PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory was Richard Joyce, "The evolutionary debunking of morality", appearing in J. Feinberg & R. Shafer-Landau (eds.), Reason and ResponsibilityShow More Summary

Realism About Desires

220 days until the first class. I have just posted my second longish paper over at the desirism group on Facebook. This one, entitled "A Foundation for Revolution" looks at what is wrong with politics and society today and offers a plan for improvement. Show More Summary

Sharon Street, "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value"

I have finished the first reading assignment for Phil 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory: Sharon Street, "A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value", Philosophical Studies (2006) 127:109- 166. Since I claim to be a realist about value, one would think that I would have a problem with this argument. Show More Summary

PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory

222 days until the start of classes. Or... 0 days, depending on how you look at it. In looking at the University of Colorado course listings, I found a class in this spring semester that sounded very interesting. Professor Iskra Fileva that appeared to be interesting. PHIL 5110: Contemporary Moral Theory SEC 001, TR 3:30-4:45, HLMS 237 Prof. Show More Summary

Darius I: King of Persia

227 days until the start of class. In the realm of philosophical progress, I posted an updated version of a response to Hume's Is/Ought argument in the Desirism facebook discussion group. I have a five-day weekend coming up, at the end...Show More Summary

G.E. Moore on The Limits of Moral Knowledge Regarding Duty

Classes start in 233 days. I have just posted a new article over at the desirism group in Facebook. This concerns Hume's Is/Ought distinction. After posting a response to the claim that desirism commits the 'naturalistic fallacy', IShow More Summary

G.E. Moore and the Definition of Definitions

235 days until classes start. Today, I started W.D. Ross, The Right and the Good. It is another classic text that I have seen mentioned on several class syllabi for the University of Colorado, so I thought I should get it read. ThisShow More Summary

G.E. Moore Against Moral Absolutism

G.E. Moore: The Ends Justify the Means 236 days until the first day of class. Here is an argument from G.E. Moore against moral absolutism. More specifically, Moore provides us with an argument to use against anybody who claims certain...Show More Summary

G.E. Moore - Principia Ethica, Chapter 5

Classes start in 238 days. I have made my New Years Resolutions. (1) Exercise less, (2) Stop losing weight, and (3) Write more. And, in writing more, focus more on what is useful. This resolution to "write more" and "write that which is useful" has gotten particular emphasis from reading Chapter 5 of G.E. Show More Summary

G.E. Moore and Non-Natural Ethical Theories

I will be attending my first class in 242 days. I seem to have adopted a new practice of writing papers instead of blog postings or Facebook comments. This is new for me. I... tend to think that the papers are not very good, but I can...Show More Summary

Capitalism vs. Corporate Feudalism

248 days until my first class. I am thinking... I really need to fit John Rawls' A Theory of Justice into these next 248 days. I am still working on Henry Sidgwick, Methods of Ethics. I am finishing Book III of this. I am going overShow More Summary

Redistributing Wealth from the Bottom Up

251 days until the first class. gulp Okay. Calm down. Everything will be fine. Deep breath. I have two three-day weekends coming up and a five-day weekend in the middle of January. It’s a good time to get things done – with much of my work going into, “A Template for Revolution”. Show More Summary

Antti Kauppinen Regarding Hume's Account of Blameworthiness

254 days until the first class and... Dammit... In my continuing quest to understand what the professors at the University of Colorado are interested in, I purchased Questions of Character, edited by CU professor Iskra Fileva. I wasShow More Summary

Sidgwick on Motives

255 days until the start of classes. I am continuing to work on Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics. A while back, I was told that Sidgwick had a definitive objection to the idea that morality could be concerned with the evaluation of motives. Show More Summary

An Obligation to Provide for Those in Need

I recently watched a video of a debate between Roger Pilon (CATO Institute) and Louis Michael Seidman (Georgetown University) on "The Welfare State". In it, one of the claims that Roger Pilon made was that charity is not an obligation - it is not something a person "has to do". Show More Summary

Henry Sidgwick and the Problem of Finding Happiness

In 256 days, I will be sitting in my first class. Progress this week includes finishing Book II of Henry Sidgwick's Methods of Ethics. This part of the book had to do with answering the question - given that our goal is to maximize our...Show More Summary

A Lockean Argument for the Welfare State

So, then, what is wrong with Locke’s argument for property? Actually, to be honest, the problem may not be with Locke’s argument for property as it is with the use which some people make of it. There are people who want to believe that...Show More Summary

Objectivity of Value

What does it mean to say that values are objective? This actually has a couple of different meanings – and this illustrates where discussions fall into problems. Many people who enter into these discussions jump back and forth between these two types of objectivity as if there is no difference between them. Show More Summary

When Scholars Lie

In 258 days, I will be in my first class. That number keeps getting smaller. And – no matter how many times I confront it – I am still in a state of denial. I can’t actually see myself as a graduate student. Or... I can... but in the same way that I can see myself as the citizen of an orbiting city floating in high Earth orbit. Show More Summary

John Locke, Natural Moral Law, and Human Moral Convention

264 days until I am sitting in my first class. Time keeps on slipping by. I have a few people looking at “A Motive Consequentialist Theory of Condemnation and Punishment”. We will see what I get back in terms of edits. Once those edits...Show More Summary

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