Effectiveness Is The Primary Goal In Itself, Not Merely A Means

In a recent post I argued that goodness, objectively speaking, means effectiveness.  Of course we use the word “good” for numerous purposes, to express that we find something pleasant, desirable, useful, advantageous to our interests, etc.  But I want to argue that when it comes to the facts of reality, goodness has only this one essential [Read More...]

Grounding Objective Value Independent Of Human Interests And Moralities

In my most recent philosophical post, I have finally explained one of the most fundamental premises necessary for explaining and justifying my overall views on ethics.  I explained my view that goodness objectively means effectiveness and that all further true ideas of “good” should be understood only as derivative from the basic good of effectiveness.  Also [Read More...]

Brian Lamb Interviews Christopher Hitchens

On C-Span I am presently watching a typically moving and insightful Christopher Hitchens interview about his illness.  It was recorded January 14 and you can watch it here or below: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

I Am A Moral Naturalist, Not A Subjectivist

In a long comment on my post from this morning, George raised the question of usage of “subjectivism” beyond my own interpretation of the word.  Let’s look to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, which should be as neutral an adjudicating source as the English-speaking philosophy world has.  I selected this source for its independent, encyclopedia character [Read More...]

Deriving An Atheistic, Naturalistic, Realist Account Of Morality

Tom Gilson thinks that theism accounts for moral realism better than atheism does.  My reasons for rejecting that view are here (though I am interested in tailoring a future post specifically to Gilson’s particular way of arguing for a theist basis for moral realism). For now, however, rather than counter Gilson’s positive claims for theism’s [Read More...]

How Morality Can Change Through Objective Processes And In Objectively Defensible Ways

Jason of Lousy Canuck thinks I am quibbling over semantics in complaining about his characterization of morality as essentially “subjective” and he wants me to clarify how my position diverges in substance from his own.  Answering his questions and his formulations may prove a fruitful way to clarify my own positions.  So, here goes.  He [Read More...]

Sundaily Hilarity: Colbert Sums Up O’Reilly

“There must be a God because I don’t know how things work.” The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Bill O’Reilly Proves God’s Existence – Neil deGrasse Tyson www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog</a> Video Archive PZ Myers quibbles interestingly over Colbert’s decision to [Read More...]

Dan Barker Interviews Dan Dennett About Ministers Who Are Closet Atheists

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Daily Hilarity: Bill Maher On The Founding Fathers Vs. The Tea Party

Your Thoughts? [Read more...]


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