ethical being

Pardon the double negative, but it’s not for no reason that the title of philosopher, author and atheist, Dr. Erik J. Wielenberg’s article in a recent issue of the American Theological Inquiry (yes, a theological journal published an article by an atheist) is called “OBJECTIVE MORALITY AND THE NATURE OF REALITY”.  Views of morality and… Continue reading ethical being

brute moral facts?

It’s not every day you see an article in a theological journal by an atheist. But lo and behold, the latest issue (downloadable here freely) of American Theological Inquiry includes a ‘guest’ article by Erik J. Wielenberg called “Objective Morality and the Nature of Reality”, which is a rejoinder to a theistic critique in a… Continue reading brute moral facts?

toothpaste & philosophical ethics

Ethics has been on the brain for a while – particularly how ethics are formed and shaped by value-judgments about the quality of a given thing.  I’ve did a little image a while back mapping my current understanding of how ethics works philosophically: ontology (what is it?) precedes teleology (what is it for?), which precedes… Continue reading toothpaste & philosophical ethics

it’s going good

This post – in less overtly philosophical language… We can talk about what something factually is and we can also talk about what it is worth.  Science can tell us factually what a foetus is, but not what it is worth. We can talk about the way things ‘do’ behave, and we can also talk… Continue reading it’s going good

value & purpose

Whilst a quantitative ontology is perfectly useful for scientific study, only a qualitative ontology can make the necessary (qualitative) value judgments that form the foundation of ethics. Even the ‘obvious’ idea that suffering is ‘bad’ is a qualitative (‘bad’) ontological (‘is’) statement. And whilst a descriptive teleology is wonderful for observing how things ‘do’ tend… Continue reading value & purpose

is-for-ought-law

behold “the ladder of ethics” – a.k.a. an explorative conceptualisation of the steps we take (consciously or subconsciously – considered or assumed) when we deal with ethics/morals/laws/etc. A while back, I did a post called ‘ontos|telos|ethos‘, and I’ll build on that, adding the codification of law (greek: nomos) to the scenario, hence, ontos, telos, ethos… Continue reading is-for-ought-law