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From Korner on Kant: Moral Freedom and Natural Necessity

September 5th, 2011 · 3 Comments

I scanned a passage from Korner’s book on Kant Check Amazon for a cheap copy: http://www.amazon.com/Kant-S-K%C3%B6rner/dp/B002QVOUDY/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315244333&sr=1-2 THE POSSIBILITY OF MORAL EXPERIENCE AND ITS RELATION TO SCIENCE AND RELIGION I. Moral Freedom and Natural Necessity I F the experience of conflict between duty and desire is not an illusion; if the judge’s familiar references to criminal […]

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Tags: ethics · General · Kant

Harris’ The Moral Landscape

October 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Just started looking through Sam Harris’ The Moral Landscape. My previous sense of alarm has waned considerably: the book is a form of ‘scientism mud’ and so non-descript that I fail to locate an ethical thesis. The shelves of university libraries (I forget the number series, BL something?) are filled with shelf upon shelf of […]

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Science not even in ball park on ethics

October 4th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Science Knows Best By KWAME ANTHONY APPIAH We have discussed Harris’ views here critically, several times, now his book is out. Appiah exposes the problem right away, and one is left puzzled by Harris’ choice of utilitarianism for a science here. I always recommend Kant here, despite the fact that his ethical discourses have often […]

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Darwin the Ur-bad apple, Ruse the choir boy and all the other bad apples in the science mafia

August 24th, 2010 · No Comments

One Bad Apple, and the Threat to Science Ruse thinks Darwin critics are going to exploit the Hauser case. Not here. And in general I doubt any such critics would bother. They are too busy with real issues, and could just as well critique the premises Hauser adopts, as to the Darwinization of ethics. That […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Haidt opens Edge junk science lectures on ethics (with a swipe at Kant)

August 2nd, 2010 · 1 Comment

http://www.edge.org/3rd_culture/morality10/morality.haidt.html: Haidt at Edge Accusing Kant and Benthan of Asperger’s Syndrome to open a discussion of ethics is a bit much. (btw, So what if they did have Asperger’s? It is almost a recommendation, quite apart from the groupie science at places like Edge.org, where everyone is a suckup trying to get a book deal) […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant · Philosophy

Booknotes: Good Without God

June 7th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Review of Epstein’s Good Without God The idea that morality requires no theism is actually a Kantian idea. In fact dogmatic theists and dogmatic atheists are equally a problem for moral discussions. Atheists who wish to discuss ethics need to have a clear discussion of Nietzsche and not bluff their way through on the way […]

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Morality and god

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments

Why morality doesn’t need God By TIM DEAN – ABC (AUSTRALIA) Added: Thursday, 27 May 2010 at 03:04 PM http://richarddawkins.net/articles/474092-why-morality-doesn-t-need-god If God is not, everything is permitted.” Or so they say. Except they’re wrong. Dangerously so. This dictum – that without some absolute divine authority, then morality is at best arbitrary, at worst, annihilated – […]

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The Iron Cage: Harris and the finishing touches of the perfect prison

May 9th, 2010 · No Comments

Harris’ Toward a scince of morality Harris seems to equate the moral issue with maximizing well-being. My sense that he is doomed from the start seems confrimed. I should add that there is absolutely nothing wrong with such an attempt, pioneered in a different way by Kant (if not Plato). The danger here, though, is […]

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Harris vs Kant

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments

Sam Harris, positivist, and arrogant I was a little unfair to Harris, and my criticism is only of the celebrity effect that can make idiocy seem rational, and influence a huge peanut gallery. My last remark solves the problem: Harris is going to put his views in writing, without consulting the literature. This is in […]

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Tags: ethics · Philosophy

Challenges to Harris

April 1st, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate by Sean Sam Harris gave a TED talk, in which he claims that science can tell us what to value, or how to be moral. Unfortunately I completely disagree with his major point. (Via Jerry Coyne and 3 Quarks Daily.) Sam Harris Responds by Sean Update and reboot: […]

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Stupidity in science geeks

March 31st, 2010 · No Comments

From dawkins site: http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5343 Rather I was suggesting that science can, in principle, help us understand what we should do and should want—and, perforce, what other people should do and want in order to live the best lives possible. My claim is that there are right and wrong answers to moral questions, just as there […]

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Two posts at UD on Harris’ ethis project

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Lies Sam Harris Tells Himself Sam Harris on Deriving Ought from Is — BY MEANS OF SCIENCE! William Dembski

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Tags: ethics · Science & Religion

Harris’ vaulting ambition: ethics and scientism

March 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Moral confusion in the name of ‘science’ by Sam Harris, Project Reason http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5343 from dawkins site Last month, I had the privilege of speaking at the 2010 TED conference for exactly 18 minutes. The short format of these talks is a brilliant innovation and surely the reason for their potent half-life on the Internet. However, […]

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Tags: ethics · Kant · neuroscience

Harris’ morality project

March 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

Can You Derive Ethics from Science? For those of you who don’t know, TED is a convention of (usually) world-class thinkers who each give a 15-minute talk about a subject. Many of the people in TED are thought leaders. Some of them, however, get in merely because they have written a popular or controversial book. […]

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Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate

March 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The Moral Equivalent of the Parallel Postulate by Sean Carroll – Cosmic Variance http://richarddawkins.net/articles/5321 Sam Harris gave a TED talk, in which he claims that science can tell us what to value, or how to be moral. Unfortunately I completely disagree with his major point. (Via Jerry Coyne and 3 Quarks Daily.)

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Tags: ethics · Science & Religion

Harris versus Dawkins

March 24th, 2010 · No Comments

Harris versus Dawkins, modern day Euthyphro dilemma

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Moral judgments

March 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Moral judgments – by-product or by design?

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Theoretical and practical reason…

February 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The previous post’s discussion shows us that we must distinguish science, as theoretical knowledge, from the protocal of behavior, which is not a science, but the principle of action, practical reason, to use the language of Kant. Practical reason is a generalized ethics, or simply a refernce to action pure itself with or without ethical […]

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Ethics, freedom to act, and scientific naturalism/scientism

February 11th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Previous post: end of id…. Granting the abuse of the design argument by its proponents, the fact remains that scientists have obscured the question with their own methodology which leaves all discussion paralyzed. The design debate simply confuses the issue, so consider a different question, the nature of ethics, its relation to science, the nature […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution · Kant · Science & Religion

Causal arguments and ethics?

January 26th, 2010 · No Comments

Visions of ghostseer The attempt to Darwinize ethics is the perpetual stumbling of the perpetual idiots of Darwinian theory. The point is not to make a religion out of Kant but to see his point that negating freedom through causal arguments is by definition the wrong approach to ethics.

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Darwinian idiocy on ethics

January 26th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Evolution and Ethics at Oxford: From Charles Darwin to C. S. Lewis Hume was not a Darwinist, so it is unfair to lump him together with Darwin, and the reductionist pseudo-ethics that gets produced by natural selection theory. The endless slanders against Kant’s simple gesture of separating causality and freedom in theories of ethics is […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

A Very Bad Wizard

January 25th, 2010 · No Comments

Review – A Very Bad Wizard Morality Behind the Curtain by Tamler Sommers McSweeney’s, 2009 Review by Joshua May Dec 29th 2009 (Volume 13, Issue 53) A Very Bad Wizard is a collection of delightful interviews or conversations conducted by philosopher Tamler Sommers. Sommers interviews an array of researchers–from psychologists to primatologists to philosophers–who all […]

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Hauser to Nietzsche and beyond

December 12th, 2009 · No Comments

Post on Hauser and the evolution of morality We discussed Hauser’s piece at Edge.org twice last week, and I a waiting on a copy of his book. But this discussion at Evo-News is reasonable. However, at least, despite his Darwinian confusions, Hauser has a point: not religion, but ‘evolution’ seems to produce a moral code. […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution

Hauser and Kant

December 5th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Comment on Hauser’s book on ethics/evolution I think I was a little unfair to Hauser, and am ordering his book to take another look (after reading the book hurriedly a while back). If you are raised on Nietzsche, gosh forbid, the idea of morality seems strange now, and, frankly, that is strange. Nietzsche’s attack on […]

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Tags: ethics · Evolution