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Question posted on October 11, 2005; 3 responses
If science (i.e. evolutionary psychology) can explain why I have the morality I do, does that mean morality is subjective? If what I believe about morality...
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Question posted on December 6, 2012; 1 response
Why would any one think this question is meaningful? (below) Surely morality is only objective when your current language community agree on its precepts; I don't know any ... often than not I'm asked on what grounds atheism can claim to have an objective morality. This isn't a new question, but it is one I don't feel properly equipped to...
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Question posted on November 17, 2012; 1 response
... often than not I'm asked on what grounds atheism can claim to have an objective morality. This isn't a new question, but it is one I don't feel properly equipped to ... at a loss articulating a good defense. I do not find the theist's claim that morality depends on God's existence a good one, but I want to advance a better argument...
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Question posted on September 3, 2007; 1 response
Are we born with morality, a distinct human sense of right and wrong, or is our morality merely a product...
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Question posted on May 27, 2010; 1 response
I recently had a conversation with a friend who is convinced that morality is simply a human invention, no more than a system of social conventions developed to ... of the human species. Do you agree? If not, can you outline any arguments for morality being something more than just social convention? For example, are there any arguments for morality...
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Question posted on January 2, 2014; 1 response
I recently read a philosophy book and it got me thinking about morality. Is not morality a tool of society to make it run smoother? If an action ... So if we take all of this as true than it would seem that the morality of a decision can be measured and morality itself even made into a science. Is...
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Question posted on October 20, 2011; 1 response
How does one draw the line between the sort of morality a legal system should enforce, and the sort of morality the legal system should leave ... devices? It seems that there are some cases where the law should clearly enforce morality (special laws against child abuse, for example), yet there are clearly other cases where the...
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Question posted on April 3, 2006; 1 response
What is the relation between law and morality? Do they always go hand in hand, or is there such things as immoral laws...
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Question posted on February 2, 2011; 1 response
There are those who believe that morality consists of doing what you like as long as no one gets hurt, and no ... infringing on others' rights is wrong come from? Isn't that also a moral judgment? What morality is it based on? Thanks....
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Question posted on October 1, 2006; 1 response
What are the strongest arguments which suggest that morality truly exists? Couldn't all actions just be rational and self-motivated and "morality" merely be...
Ethics, Rationality Show

Question posted on October 14, 2005; 3 responses
When people speak of "morality", why does it always stem from a divine being? Why can't morality stem from reason?...
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Question posted on June 21, 2006; 1 response
Could you explain the relationship between intellect and morality? Obviously, from the questions I read on this site, many people expect these philosophers, i.e. ... about living in a good manner. But why is this assumption about the correlation between morality (applied and not theoretical) and intellect so persistent and enduring? ...
Ethics, Value Show

Question posted on November 4, 2005; 2 responses
What is the relationship between law and morality? Is the law simply a branch of morality?...
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Question posted on May 19, 2008; 1 response
... unity and survival of a co-dependent group? If this is the case, surely talk of absolute morality derived from religious scriptures is worthless, and our morality is just a refined survival technique....
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Question posted on August 2, 2012; 1 response
... moral facts are not binding (that is, they are *morally* binding, but people may ignore morality without being irrational, and so people may ignore such "bindingness"). Did I get it right? ... "absolutely binding". But some philosophers are half way between realism and scepticism because they accept morality and just deny its necessary bindingness. My question is whether these philosophers are really *between*...
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Response posted on May 24, 2006 by Roger Crisp
... may be that you think that religion can indeed provide an argument for an objective morality. If so, then you need to face up to Plato's *Euthyphro dilemma*: either (e.g.) torturing ... says it's wrong because it is indeed wrong. If you go for the former, then morality appears arbitrary. If God decreed that parting your hair on the left was a terrible...
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Question posted on July 3, 2006; 1 response
I recently read an article where a lawyer referred to something called "Role Morality" in defending his behaviour (which was not especially moral). What is "Role Morality" and...
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Response posted on September 1, 2010 by Sean Greenberg
I think that how one sees the relation between intelligence and morality might well depend on how one conceives of morality. If one had a strongly ... course, s/he might fail to exercise that capacity). By contrast, if one thought that morality was a matter of following the law (as, for example, early modern natural law theorists,...
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Question posted on October 22, 2009; 2 responses
There is much written on veganism and vegetarianism and the morality of eating animals. The human animal is an omnivore; eating is basic to survival; our ... did and continued eating meat, would he then be exculpated? If so, where is the morality? Why should the vegan's morality be superior to the omnivore's? Should the vegan witness the grinding...
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Response posted on May 31, 2007 by Oliver Leaman
... so the fact that culture affects our thinking is not that relevant to understanding how morality works. I wonder why you think that death is so significant for morality. It seems ... take a welcoming attitude to death without it having any relevance for one's attitude to morality. Do most people think that death is a bad thing? I just don't know, and...
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