[extropy-chat] Re: Moral Relativism

Mike Lorrey mlorrey at yahoo.com
Tue May 10 14:31:32 UTC 2005

--- Dirk Bruere <dirk at neopax.com> wrote:
> John-C-Wright at sff.net wrote:
> > Once they reach an answer in their moral calculation
> >(either a good one or a bad one) the objectivists will hold that the
> >stepfather ought to do what he ought BECAUSE it is his duty,
> > regardless of whether it is his desire or not. The subjective
> > component of decision, desire, falls out of the equation. 
> >
> Not really, because you have not examined why one feels 'duty bound'.

Am I correct, Dirk, in saying your argument is that there is no
difference between one persons desire to live morally and another
persons desire to live licentiously, that both lifestyles are

The problem is that one involves the application of reason to structure
ones life, while the other is merely a base reaction to ones
instinctual urges without reasoning, reflection, introspection.

Mike Lorrey
Vice-Chair, 2nd District, Libertarian Party of NH
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
                                      -William Pitt (1759-1806) 
Blog: http://intlib.blogspot.com

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