Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Moral philosophy quiz answers (3)

3. PROPER ORIGIN OF MORALITY Where does the proper distinction between "good" and "bad" come from?
    a) A moral realm that is completely unique, transcendent.
    b) Every individual, through their choice to pursue that which they desire.
    c) God's will
   d) From holistic forces of the universe (may involve divine power or not).
    e) Human nature, with the natural interests of people
    f) Human intellect, with the natural capabilities of human thought
    g) Doesn't matter/Dislike all answer choices
      What priority do you place on your selection above? High    Medium    Low
Here I will lose a lot of people and if I had been asked this question in my early twenties I would have picked "a".

Why have I changed? Because I don't think any of the other answers work. I've tried them all and they all lead to the same dead end. Nothing in nature or science could provide the foundation of an ethics that could be a real ethics. It would just be pragmatism under a another name. 

1 comment:

  1. I chose a) with High priority. In my early 20s I probably would have chosen c), but as I've gotten older I've realized that leaves too many unanswered questions and too much unexplained. I have not tried all the others because, with the exception of a) they all seemed lacking on the face of it. Since probably my late '30s early '40s a) has worked best for me.