All Blog Posts Tagged 'Ethics' (18)


Like every other discipline, ethics and moral reasoning have their own language. Ethics and moral reasoning fit in the category called "Alxiology." The big three questions of philosophy include metaphysics (What is?), epistemology (How do you know?), and axiology (What is value? and what is valuable?).

Axiological questions may apply to economics if we ask how we determine value monetarily. Axiology may also apply to art if we explore aesthetic value. Axiology applies to…


Added by Damien Marie AtHope on June 12, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Universal Principles of Ethics

Here are the universal principles of Social/Global Ethics:

• Global justice (as reflected in international laws)

• Society before self / social responsibility

• Environmental stewardship

• Interdependence & responsibility for the ‘whole’

• Reverence for place

Here are the universal principles of Professional/ Political Ethics: 

• Impartiality; objectivity

• Openness; full…


Added by Damien Marie AtHope on June 9, 2015 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Midnight, 24:00, 12 AM

What is the difference between an assassin, killer or murderer? Without resorting to purposeful nuance and practiced subtlety, the differences are negligible and more often than not rely on degree and perspective to sort out the…


Added by Donald R Barbera on January 27, 2015 at 12:00pm — 14 Comments

Short post on ethics.

I saw an article on or perhaps AlterNet, and reading the comments I was moved to comment myself; I assembled the following out of material I already had on my blog, but in the comments I got several compliments on it, so perhaps this is a happy combination of elements. -JBH


Religion has its benefits and harms. One of the major harms that it does is to teach a false theory of ethics.



Added by John B Hodges on May 4, 2013 at 4:11am — 1 Comment

Two Arguments From The Debate

At Virginia Tech, on Wednesday evening March 21, there was a debate on the question "Does God Probably Exist?" I wanted to post comments on two of the arguments given.

One argument given was the "fine-tuning argument". One of the debaters was studying high-level academic philosophy, and they stated it thus:

Given the fine-tuning evidence, a life-permitting Universe (LPM) is very, very epistemically unlikely under the non-existence of a fine-tuner, and is not unlikely if a…


Added by John B Hodges on March 22, 2012 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Norm's Conceptual Corner: Divine Command Theory


Your hosts bring in reinforcements to tackle a divine view on morality. God said it, people believe it, and we’re questioning it. Does this week’s moral theory stand a prayer’s chance? What’s wrong with saying God is good? And can he draw a square triangle? Join us as we spin our wheels trying to explain Divine Command Theory in this holy edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner, with special guest Joel…


Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on January 8, 2012 at 4:15pm — 2 Comments

Theorizing About Ethics

Greetings from The Project

What does it mean to live a good life? What is the difference between right and wrong, or morality and justice? Norm's Conceptual Corner: Theorizing About Ethics is the first of many Conceptual Corner segments wherein Norm will explore these and many other questions related to ethics.

Check it out at… Continue

Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on August 24, 2011 at 3:02am — 1 Comment

The Ethics of Jesus


This is something I wrote Spring 2004. Please forward as you think

appropriate. -John B. Hodges.



Added by John B Hodges on May 27, 2011 at 6:12am — 5 Comments

For God or for Country

Did the new RNC chair, Riense Priebus, set a new tone for the question of Church and State separation? Read more:

Added by David Rosman on February 16, 2011 at 11:03am — No Comments

Rand's "Epistemological Argument"

Preface: The following essay was written in 1998, for the IOS discussion list. More recently I have had an exchange of views on an Objectivist site called "Noodlefood" where they (1) claimed that I had totally misunderstood Rand's argument (2) refused to present her argument, saying only that the choice of whether to live or die was **FUNDAMENTAL**, and that I should go back and do my homework. I have added a postscript at the bottom, in reply to these…


Added by John B Hodges on February 6, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

On the Immorality of Christianity

The languid success of logic and facts to dislodge believers from their mistaken beliefs, calls for a new course in the claim for morality’s mantle; religion fails humanity on ethics.

There appears to be no amount of reason or facts that will extricate believers from their cognitive biases, or the nucleus of their intractable, mistaken, and teleological beliefs. Non-theists, in my humble, yet scholarly opinion, need… Continue

Added by Frank J. Ranelli on August 23, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Deconstructing "Christian" Morality: Leaflet, Jesus' Ethics in Ten Easy Lessons

Those who claim to believe in "absolute" moralities usually don't actually follow them, and don't even pretend to try.

A few years back I decided to study the ethical teachings of Jesus. I sat down with a notebook and pen and a Bible, and (over the course of a week, off and on) read through the four Gospels, taking note every time Jesus said something about what we should DO. I skipped through the biography,…

Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2010 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Who is the Enemy?

(This was written shortly after September 11, 2001, for a general audience.)

I've followed, more or less, the discussions about who the "enemy" is, in the "war on terrorism"; the "Clash of Civilizations" thesis, and so forth. I confess I think of it in different terms. The enemy is theocracy. It comes in Islamic, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, AND secular forms.

The freethinking, skeptical, scientific "frame of mind" is functionally and…

Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Atheist Ethics in 500 Words

ATHEIST ETHICS IN 500 WORDS. John B. Hodges, Dec. 21, 2007.

How can you have any ethics if you don't believe in God?

The question must BE questioned. How can you have any ethics if you DO believe in a god?

Religious folk misunderstand morality at its roots. Religion teaches a child's view of ethics, that "being good" means "obeying your parent". Just as religious faith is believing what you are told, so…

Added by John B Hodges on July 12, 2010 at 1:07pm — 2 Comments


How good to hear a news bulletin this morning that talked of two people who made their exit from this world via the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, without wheeling on a man in a frock to say how evil it all was!

That’s not to say men in frocks won’t be wheeled on in other bulletins, but all I heard was the way the 8 a.m. Radio 4 Today programme’s main bulletin treated it. I was waiting for the, “But a spokesman for the Catholic Church in England and Wales, the Right Reverend… Continue

Added by Andy Armitage on July 14, 2009 at 3:00am — No Comments

Is he even alive? Have i failed him?

It has been 2 day since i last heard from [Happy Bunny {don't ask me, ask Adult Swim ok? I didn't even want to post him as a Pseudonym, but here we are!}]. By the time i realized he wasn't sending me anything back- texts (his phone cannot be called any longer), emails, IM's, everything i could think of- i was past the point where i could help him. I can only hope desperately that he either checked himself into a mental hospice or is in a hospital somewhere, recovering. I hate the idea of facing… Continue

Added by Rickr0ll on February 5, 2009 at 1:30am — 6 Comments

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