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Friday, February 04, 2005

absolute morality... absolutely

over at The Conservative Philosopher Jim Ryan explains why some things are always right and others are always wrong:
Particle physics may undergo revolutionary changes, but morality cannot. It is something we already know, and the revolutions it gives rise to are faithful to its core. If it’s not clear why morality can’t bring surprises, then consider these propositions:

"Friendly children may be killed at will for fun."
"It is not right for members of a tribe that has never bothered others to take up arms and fight courageously when violent marauders come to commit mayhem and collect booty."

"Breaking important promises for meager pleasure is permissible."

These paradigmatic cases of wrongdoing or right action show that some acts, and likely many more that we could describe, are by definition wrong and others by definition right. Nothing would count as evidence that any of those three propositions was true; they are logically false.

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