I have been reading Peter Cave’s This Sentence is False, an excellent introduction to philosophical paradoxes written in an easily accessible style. A particularly interesting paradox he presents is the case of Mr. Badman and Mr. Goodman (Chapter 8, pp. 148-9). Mr. Badman is a bad man. Although married to an adoring wife and proclaiming … Continue reading The troubling case of Mr. Goodman & Mr. Badman
My daily newspaper, Die Presse, recently ran a special Sunday edition about morality and ethics. Throughout the paper they asked a wide range of people – from politicians to philosophers, from captains of industry to curators of art – the same three questions: What should humans no longer be allowed to do?What should humans never … Continue reading Is that allowed?
Recently I wrote about intuitionism – things that we simply “know” to be right non-inferentially – and its limitations. How does one discern between a principle actually being right and it merely seeming right to a particular person? If intuitionism functioned correctly then all individuals would reach the same moral conclusions, yet people reach different … Continue reading What we believe to know
An area of philosophical thought I find particularly interesting is ethical intuitionism. It is a hotly debated concept among philosophers that is difficult to grasp and ever more difficult to justify. When exploring contested philosophical topics, my favorite starting point is the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. I highly recommend it because it has serious academic … Continue reading Ethical intuitionism