Qualia Soup on Morality

One of the very best atheist YouTube video makers now weighs in on morality:

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About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • http://serptopia.blogspot.com serp

    It’s very pragmatic, and the bit about practical advantages to a punishment gradient is kind of interesting, I hadn’t thought of that angle before. Still, my perception of the “there is no good without God” faction is /not/ that they have no idea how to tell a murderer form a schoolchild without the Bible. It’s that they don’t think there’s any legitimate authority from which “true” morality would stem without God. The question of moral authority is an abstract philosophical one, and no simple description of a moral framework, regardless of how sensible and thorough, is going to answer it. I think this video misses the mark it intends entirely.

  • Ash Bowie

    An exceptional video that hits a bullseye. It offers a fantastic setup for naturalistic morality, obliterating in a few short minutes the argument that morality stems from a belief in God. Obviously it’s just the first in a series (hopefully) so it doesn’t make sense to criticize it for being incomplete.