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Moral Nihilism

A response to Chapter 20 in The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer-Landau What I find to be interesting is that, in light of my own religious explorations, I end up leaning more towards moral nihilism than most other moral theories in the book. Shafer-Landau calls it cynical; I think that it’s honest. We can’t…

Ethical Relativism

Responses to Chapter 19 in The Fundamentals of Ethics by Russ Shafer-Landau “The worry, specifically, is that moral skepticism – the denial of objective moral standards- is correct, and that morality therefore lacks any real authority.” But skepticism and denial lack moral authority as well- there is no authority. Denial doesn’t mean that something is…

The Danger of Altruism

The idea that it is impossible to have a truly selfless action plagued me when I first encountered it. For some reason, I felt such a strong denial that it could be a true statement- dare I even say, ‘self-righteous’?  For, that statement stung me in the core of everything I had been taught about…

An Essay on Natural Law

Human Nature provides the basis for morality, claims the theory of Natural Law. This is generally a theistic position; without deriving from a higher consciousness, it seems that Natural Law would have to be amoral. It is interesting that there is any debate about where morality derives from at all, when morality pushes humanity to…

Hello, Hedonism

A response to Chapter 1 of The Fundamentals Of Ethics, by Russ Shafer Landau The questions, “What is the meaning of life?” “Is there purpose to it all?”, and, “Why are we here?” have enhanced humanity’s plethora of world views, establishing paths that have allowed humans to see themselves and their lives as “valuable”. Hedonism…

Free Will vs. Predestination

Of course, I start a blog, write two essays, and abandon the thing for the next month and a half. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t been on my mind, or that I haven’t had any ideas on what to write, but it does mean I’m more fuzzy on the details now than I had been…

Adjusting my view

“Defund the Police” is one of the major sentiments of 2020 into 2021, with good reason. Police and civilian tensions have been going strong ever since the dawn of time, when a group of people were put in a position to “uphold the law,” which thus elevated, in the eyes of mankind, the “law” above…

Finding The Logic within Forgiveness

“The real test is this. Suppose one reads a story of filthy atrocities in the paper. Then, suppose that something turns up suggesting that the story might not be quite true… Is one’s first feeling, ‘Thank God, even they aren’t so bad as that,’ or is it a feeling of disappointment, even a determination to…


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