Is Objective Morality Possible?
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07-02-2013, 01:25 AM
Is Objective Morality Possible?
Of all the questions that have been posed to me recently since my de-conversion the issue of objective morality interests me the most.

For clarity let me state what I am not asking or supposing. I am NOT supposing that morality based on any religion is objective, I think it is preposterous to postulate that morality based on religion is desirable or even for that matter moral. To point out the most obvious issue I have with religious morality, anyone else atoning for my transgressions seems hateful and immoral to me because I think that the atonement by other people simply increases my liability for the original crime if I can illustrate by example if someone else goes to jail because I killed someone means not only am I guilty of the original crime of ending someone's life but further I bear responsibility for the incarceration of an innocent person and all the pain that causes to them and/or their loved ones.

My question is whether it is possible to state an objective set of guidelines by which every action can be judged by an objective non-delusional person(s) to be either moral or immoral. A form of peer review analogous to what we see in other areas where the scientific method is applied. And further on what empirically testable and logical basis would these guidelines be based. What motivated this is, though I can poke holes in religious morality for its inconsistencies, I have often been asked what can I put in its place. Though I've seen some building blocks in various places from my review of humanist thought I have yet to see a a coherent set of guidelines that I can easily apply to everyday decisions. I guess in some ways this is a hangover from my previous moral paradigm of Catholic dogma that made all decisions easy to make even if the decisions resulting were not necessarily moral. And I even freely admit that it displays some form of mental laziness in that, I should be able to decide in each individual circumstance what seems moral to me yet I appear to be searching for a morality cheat sheet. It gets tiring to perform analysis of each individual situation and sometimes the consequences of action or indeed inaction do not merit an in depth analysis of what would truly be moral.

I am I think a logical and principled based person (I'm also sure I suffer from bias in assessment of myself Smile ), I base a lot of my personal morality on Kant's categorical imperative which seems quite objective to me. But what principle is it based on further what is the objective end of adhering to any moral code and at the danger of going into infinite regress what makes that principle desirable. Anyway I hope I have set up my question well enough to get your thoughts or at least your direction to online resources and or books that can help me deepen my understanding.
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Is Objective Morality Possible? - Andrew_Njonjo - 07-02-2013 01:25 AM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - DLJ - 07-02-2013, 05:26 AM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - DLJ - 07-02-2013, 10:11 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 01:21 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 01:39 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 04:09 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 04:45 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 04:16 PM
RE: Is Objective Morality Possible? - Chas - 08-02-2013, 04:46 PM
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