You should also read the most recent paper I wrote to get an idea of what sort of things I would like to emphasize. It was written for a grad class in the humanities, and since we could write about whatever we wanted to, I chose ethics. I'm thinking about how I could send you a copy. Perhaps, if you are serious about working with me, we should start an email dialogue? I have posted my paper on Nexus, it is in my ethical theory group, I will send you an invite and you can find it fairly easily there, along with more of what I've written. By the way, what did you read of mine, wherein I used the word "should" a lot?
Yes oughts are conditional. I have a more or less clear vision as to how to define which are the ultimate ends towards which we should strive, if we want to live rich, fulfilling, and moral lives – if we want to live the best lives we can as humans. It boils down to motivation, and this is tied up entirely with having a positive self-concept. Another way of putting this is that what one should do is that which will produce one’s highest sense of self/self-esteem. It could be called an ego ethics. Our egos (using the term loosely) are, essentially, our life-force, our motivation for self-value and, by extension, other-value. As such, self-esteem provides the foundation for, and both means and ultimate ends of, human values. All other values are means to the end. So yes, it is a consequentialist ethics (and I have my own way of subsuming deontology into consequentialism). It is also an internalist theory. And yes, I would agree with Carrier, but it seems that for the foreseeable future we will not be able to make perfectly clear moral calculations, at least not on my own theory. I believe I answer both how morality comes into existence and what it is.
As much as I would love to write about the foundations of morality depending on metaphysical naturalism, this is much more of a side issue with regards to my own approach. I would give a brief background to naturalism, but I intend to go straight into the meat of the theory. I want to lay out the theory and then discuss implications for as much as I can handle, including sociopolitical, education, parenting, relationships both romantic and platonic, etc. Glad you sound interested in helping me out, I have been extremely busy the past, well, really long time, but I will finally have time starting next week to really plunge into it, so if you want to work with me, I will have plenty of time to work!
I am of course a naturalist, I don't know how you get to be an atheist if you are not (poorly I suppose). But as I said, I don't intend to spend so much time on the metaphysical basis for the theory. There is plenty of meat to deal with philosophically just in ethics, without having to build from the ground up as it were.
It does sound like an extra problem us being in different countries, but we'll see how it shapes up. As far as the actual theory goes, I was planning on writing a concise game plan for you and myself, I will let you know when it is ready. Otherwise, I don't know how you would find it except for the mostly random things I have posted and/or replied to here on Nexus. I did start a group called Ethical Theory, if you want to join that you can find some of what I've written fairly recently there. Otherwise just let me know how you would like to proceed.
Hey Johnny, no I haven't read that. It does sound like a pretty good read for someone interested in atheistic ethics however. As for my own project, thanks for showing interest. What I really need the most help with is organization. I have a lot I want to write about (alot I have already written), but the trick is figuring out what to leave out, what to focus on, and how to present it. Does this sound like something you'd be interested in working on? I could also use just general feedback.
Hello to atheist writer Johnny
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----and how tragic and inexcusable it also is that women and minorities have been oppressed these last two thousand years and longer.