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    You do not have to be a moral relativist to avoid moral dilemmas

    [caption id="attachment_42183" align="alignnone" width="640"] photo by live electrode[/caption] You may have been confronted with the story of the Nazi soldier coming to the door of the family who are hiding some Jewish people in their home and asking them point blankly, “Are there any Jews here?” The person telling the story then asks you,... >Full Story

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    The Worst Birthday Present Ever

    “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.” At least that is what cosmologist Alexander Vilenkin said at a January 2012 conference in Cambridge held in honor of Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday. But in a pre-recorded speech given at the conference Hawking had reiterated why he was uncomfortable with the idea of our...... >Read More

    Torturing Toddlers

    How do you help someone who claims that there are no objective moral values and obligations? I have found that when specific examples of morally abhorrent behavior, like torturing toddlers for sport, are brought to their attention, most people’s moral intuitions are brought to the surface and they recognize that they do believe in objective...... >Read More

    Are Intuitions for Real?

    [caption id="attachment_36419" align="alignright" width="225" caption="Photo by Marco Bellucci"][/caption] When we claim to know that torturing toddlers for sport is morally wrong because of our direct awareness of the injustice of the behavior, we are justified or warranted in our claim to knowledge, unless or until a defeater of our belief arises. I...... >Read More

    Is Direct Awareness of Reality Just a Feeling?

    Photo by nostalgic-minds Last time I claimed that our experience of the moral order through our moral sense is on a similar footing as our experience of physical objects through our physical senses. They are both a direct experience or awareness of reality. Now clearly, there is also a difference. Our physical senses all work with empirical data....... >Read More

    "I Do Not Like Blue Covers!"

    [caption id="attachment_36022" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Photo by JR_Paris"][/caption] A philosophy student wrote a research paper arguing that morality is subjective - that there are no objective moral values. Judged by its research, scholarship, documentation and argumentation, it was easily an "A" paper. The professor, however, took...... >Read More

    Are You a Truth Seeker?

    [caption id="attachment_35820" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="photo by Chris Devers"][/caption] I’m a self confessed truth seeker! Are you? I discovered this about myself when I realized what a strong drive I have to be right. I am aware that this can sometimes be a problem in relationships. No one likes a know-it-all, the person who just...... >Read More

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