On the objectivity of ethical judgments

Math is objective, can ethical judgment work that way?

It is fashionable, these days, to deny that there is such thing as objective morality. It’s not exactly a novel position, as Aristotle pointed out that what goes in Athens doesn’t go in Sparta, meaning that what is considered ethically acceptable in one place may not be in the other and vice versa. Ethics, after all, comes from the Greek word for character, which Cicero translated into what became the Latin root for…

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by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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by Massimo Pigliucci. Practical philosophy, science, pseudoscience & good reasoning. Complete index of articles at https://massimopigliucci.blog/essays/

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