All Blog Posts Tagged 'ethics' (56)

VS 71 on Choices and Avoidances

You can believe anything you want to believe. The only thing that **must** occur to you is death. The decision to believe or not believe anything less than the existence of death – which happens to you regardless of whether you believe it or not – comes down to Vatican Saying 71. …. “What will happen to me if that which this desire seeks is achieved, and what if it is not?”” In other words, “What will happen to me if I believe this, and what…


Added by Hiram on September 7, 2015 at 10:33am — 5 Comments

Humanist ethical concepts applied (and mis-applied) to public policy

I recently wrote Whose Pleasure? Whose Pain? Applying the Hedonic Calculus to Public Policy for the latest issue of The Humanist, where I discuss whether it makes sense to apply the Epicurean ethical method of hedonic calculus at the collective level. After some considerations, in the piece I argue



Added by Hiram on April 23, 2015 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment

Why voting sucks

"Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others" - Winston Churchill

It's a totally screwed up rendition of the "Abilene paradox" where when you vote you accept the idea of the winning party ruling over the losing party and therefore everyone loses.  Not to mention it is a rather barbaric idea that our modern enlightened highly educated society would accept the idea that there must always be a loser who is oppressed by the winner.

I don't accept this…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on February 1, 2015 at 7:00am — 5 Comments

Serving Virtue, Part Two

In part one I briefly introduced the idea that from Aristotelian logic and a few axioms we can derive a basic ethical framework, and the non-aggression principle.  Now I'd like to continue on these ideas a bit.

Because the current set of well defined virtues is so short one can use derivation to outline the ideals of a virtuous society. Like The Republic this is a thought experiment.…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 10, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Serving Virtue

Theist apologists argue constantly that all morality comes from God. They say that an atheist cannot be moral or say that something is good because it is 'borrowing from their worldview'. I don't know who said it first but the one who seems to say it the most is Matt Slick.

I won't bother refuting his arguments, as they have already been destroyed most efficaciously by more competent thinkers.

Rather, what I would like to write a bit about is the idea that serving virtue is…


Added by Čenek Sekavec on December 10, 2014 at 10:23am — No Comments

Have I Lost My Mind? I Like an Evangelical!

When I hear the word evangelical, the hairs on the back of neck start to rise, my blood pressure starts to rise and a sea of anger begins to boil in my throat. However, there is one Evangelical Christian that I like and even admire even though I think his religion daily tries to make progress a…


Added by Donald R Barbera on November 9, 2013 at 6:30pm — 35 Comments

A Letter_to_the_Editor regarding Ethics.

On April 19, I read a commentary in the Roanoke Times by Clonnie_Yearout; Yearout (gender unknown) was arguing for Creationism and against "Darwinism". I sent the following in reply. The Times printed at least two letters (by other people) replying to Yearout, but not this one.  

FROM: John B. Hodges

(contact info)

TO: Editor, letters page

I would like this considered for a COMMENTARY or OP-ED.


Clonnie Yearout's commentary ("A Tale of…


Added by John B Hodges on May 4, 2013 at 4:23am — 1 Comment

Do Atheists Pose a Threat to Morality?

I mentioned somewhere else on AtheistNexus that xians fail to realize that ethics, as a field of study, originated with the ancient Greeks, who didn't attach it to the practice of their religion in any way. I found the following article on Psychology Today:

Added by Bud the Wonderer on December 16, 2012 at 9:39pm — 3 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics without rules (3)

(Note: I decided to change the title - it's one of the great things about episodes! They're adaptable.)

Following the suggestion of AN's own Steph S., I lurked moar before continuing this series on atheist morals and ethics. I'm glad I did. In addition to the discussion Steph S. started, which I found edifying, I was also…


Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 23, 2012 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics in atheistic anarchy (2)

Last time: I blazed through the observation that a-theism and an-archy share certain similarities, both in how each word is defined, and how each idea is redefined by its critics in order to dismiss either without addressing the problems each poses for ethics. I concluded by mentioning that these redefinitions serve to cut each idea off from the moral center of the individual. This time, I'll clarify what I mean by that, and introduce my thesis - tentatively one could call this a theory of…


Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 22, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Angry Atheist in MO - Morals and ethics in atheistic anarchy (1)

In today's installment of this new episodic essay, I harangue readers with some thoughts on what I'll call "existential anarchy" from an angry, atheistic point of view. I want to consider the roots of two ideas:

A-theos: without gods.

An-archos: without rules.

Both words are defined by what they lack. Without the missing subject, each object would be meaningless, just as "no-thing" is ill-defined without the implicit missing subject -- the…


Added by Joseph Edwards VIII on June 21, 2012 at 3:44pm — 3 Comments

Yes, Christian Fundamentalists are Teaching Genocide in Our Schools.

Katherine Stewart has an article on AlterNet:

Are Christian Fundamentalists Teaching Genocide in Our Schools?

There are many people who don't believe in a god but who don't call themselves atheists, because they don't regard it as important. They…


Added by John B Hodges on June 2, 2012 at 7:18am — 1 Comment

Why I Am An Atheist, ten plus one!

First of all, I am who I am!  I will not, by godlessdamn, be anything other than myself. 

Second, I have little to loose.  I played the games, faked the faces, but I never could really hide who I am.  I became disliked, sometimes ridiculed, very often ignored, but because I have always believed in a few things very strongly, things like ethics and truth, and I stood up for them rather than…


Added by Ted Gresham on February 22, 2012 at 1:54pm — 4 Comments

Norm's Conceptual Corner: Cultural Relativism

Greeting from The Project

Here we examine the merits (or lack thereof) of cultural relativism.  Is everything relative?  Does post modernism work?  Do Eskimo’s hate babies?  You say to-ma-toe, we say to-mat-NO.  Sharpen your critical thinking skills and prepare for some super-addition in this edition of Norm’s Conceptual Corner. Check it out at …


Added by The Mile High Sanity Project on December 22, 2011 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Interesting tech/ethics site...

From one Roy Fisher:

Added by AgeOfAtheists14 on October 5, 2011 at 8:49am — No Comments

Tunnel Vision is 20/20

When it comes to morals it seems that Christians never get above the belt-buckle unless it is to peer behind a brassiere. Genes for sexual obsession passed down from the Catholic Church evidently have not mutated over the centuries as Christian leaders remain overly concerned with who's doing who, how they are doing it and if there are any naked people or pictures anywhere near.

To be sure there is a need for watchdog organizations and laws keeping dangerous sexual predators, perverts…


Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2011 at 11:21am — 4 Comments

Morality vs. Ethics

The questions are:

  • Do atheists have a moral ground for their perception of right and wrong? 
  • Is an atheist entitled to claim a sense of right and…

Added by Karen Loethen on August 19, 2011 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

With Breeders Like These, I'm Surprised We're Not Extinct

This is from my personal blog on blogspot -


I have a breaking news bulletin:  if there exists some method--irrespective how obscure, or nearly impossible to be found--to take what is at most a cheesy/almost possibly creepy hello and transmogrify that plum nearly gauche faux pas into some abject, intellectually deficient reason to lecture someone*, somewhere on…


Added by The Justicar on August 15, 2011 at 3:14pm — No Comments

1995 essay: Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian.

Nov. 12, 1995; Why I am a former Objectivist and former Libertarian. 

Mike Huben writes: (begin quote)

One of my eventual projects for my Critiques of Libertarianism web site

is to present something on folks who have left, like yourself. If you

have any material about why people leave, including your own personal

history, I'd be very interested to get ahold of it. What first cracks

the certainty, what conspicuously doesn't work, what was the turnoff,…

Added by John B Hodges on August 3, 2011 at 1:46pm — 6 Comments

My Atheism Doesn’t Need Evolution

Atheists are often portrayed as die hard believers in evolution, and atheism is quite often portrayed as being dependent upon believing in the validity of evolution. But you know what? Some people, such as myself, did not need to rely on Darwin to steer our courses off the path of religion and onto the path of reason.




The bible was not created by a god nor inspired by the word of any god. It was written by a number of people who tried…


Added by Brian Bridson on July 17, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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