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Lessons from MLK

Lessons from MLK

Martin Luther King, Jr.’s debt to theology and natural law: Those who praise the modern civil rights movement, but who also want to keep morality and theology absent from public discourse, seldom mention King’s reliance on natural law in his justly famous letter. Scholars such as the late John Rawls were at great pains to show how their thoroughly secularized theories of justice and public reason could make room for King, but in fact they could do so only at…

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Chocolate and Caring, Brussels Sprouts and Murder

Chocolate and Caring, Brussels Sprouts and Murder

Much of the discussion about ethics revolves around an analogy to matters of personal preference. doctor(logic) recently said, Morality bears all the hallmarks of something subjective, like taste in food or taste in art. And also, My argument is that, unlike the objective sciences, morality has no more basis for objectivity than the things we regard as subjective (food, music, etc). In particular, there is no formal evidence that moral opinions are objective facts because the only thing predicted by…

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The Basis for Moral Realism

The Basis for Moral Realism

Jordan has been saying things on the Manhattan Declaration thread like, Atheism does not entail moral relativism, and theism does not entail moral realism. I’m an atheist, and a moral realist. … I (imperfectly) perceive morality with my moral sense. What is the basis of your “alleged moral objectivity”? I imagine it will be long-winded and incoherent. Or maybe you’ll save us both some time with a good old-fashioned, “Goddidit!” Everyone on that discussion agrees on one thing: that there…

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