Who Holds the Moral High Ground?
Meta-ethical attempts to define concepts such as 'goodness', 'right and wrong', 'ought' and 'ought not', have proved largely futile, even over-ambitious. Morality, it is argued, should therefore be directed primarily at the reduction of suffering, principally because the latter is more easily recognisable and accords with an objective view and requirements of the human condition. All traditional and contemporary perspectives are without suitable criteria for evaluating moral dilemmas and without such guidance we face the potent threat of sliding to a destructive moral nihilism. This book presents a possible set of defining characteristics for the foundation of future moral evaluations and engagements, taking into consideration that the historically maligned female gender may be better disposed to ethical leadership.
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Moral OriginsThe spectre of Religion
Ancient Greeks and The Euthyphro Dilemma
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Abrahamic and Dharmic Abrahamic religions achieve action Ancient Greeks animals argue argument Aristotle Aristotle's become behaviour believed Buddhism Chapter Christian circumstances claim consequences Consequentialist consideration considered contemporary criteria cultural deemed Deontological Dharmic religions discover duty Egoists emotions Epicurus Ethical Stew Eudaimonia Euthyphro Dilemma evaluate example existence fact faith feelings follow G.E. Moore gender gods human Hume individual issue justify Kant Kant's Kantian Karl Popper Key Essentials killing lives logical male maxim mean moral code moral decision moral philosophy moral theory morally good acts Mosuo nature Negative Utilitarianism one's overall happiness particular Particularist perhaps person Plato pleasure possible practice principles problems question rational reason recognise Relativism religious require seek seems simply situation social society Socrates someone species speciesism suffering suggested survive terrorist things thinking thought tion tive torture truth universal universalised Virtue Ethics virtuous W. D. Ross women wrong