Category Archives: Meta-Ethics

Doing Justice to Ronald Dworkin’s Justice for Hedgehogs

If every hockey player dreams of one day winning the Stanley Cup, then every philosopher dreams of one day writing a big fat book that all future philosophers will read alongside the works of Plato and Aristotle. Ronald Dworkin comes … Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Meta-Ethics, Paradigm | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

An Emerging Taste for Good and Bad

So far as I can tell, a perception-like concept of morality nicely encapsulates the emergent, emotion-driven nature of what we feel to be right and wrong. It also gives us room for competing legitimate moralities as well as the possibility of refining our moral ‘tastes’. Continue reading

Posted in Meta-Ethics, Paradigm | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Minding Our Gap.

Darwin’s impact on philosophy has long been my fascination. Given that we are evolved creatures, it’s not so surprising that many of our individual behaviours and our cultural institutions might be profitably understood from a biological perspective. Yet traditional, so-called … Continue reading

Posted in Meta-Ethics, Science | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Begun, The Meme Wars Have: Episode I

But Dawkins wasn’t theorizing about a mythical abstraction. He was proposing another shorthand for understanding complex systems. The Selfish Gene was about genes, to be sure. But it was also about how we can profitably go about understanding gene’s function in particular, and a replicator’s function generally. Continue reading

Posted in Memetics, Meta-Ethics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Portrait of The Moral Landscape

In The Moral Landscape I was expecting more of Harris’ excellent writing, thorough research and sarcastic wit. I got all of these, to be sure. But what was lacking was the content of a new book worthy of a man with Harris’ talents. Continue reading

Posted in Book Review, Meta-Ethics | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Talking about a Revolution.

The gap in our intuitive response probably explains why the sanctity of life is so crucial to our rich, Western way of thinking and why global inequality is a nagging and persistent afterthought, painful though it is to our compassionate sensibilities. Darwin’s paradigm explains why this is. And the first step to fixing a problem is properly diagnosing its cause. Continue reading

Posted in Meta-Ethics | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wrong about Wrongs.

One of the bizarre pleasures of philosophy is being proven wrong. In fact, so far as I can tell, this is one of the chief pursuits of the philosopher. This puzzling lust for a humbling argument may be tantamount to … Continue reading

Posted in Meta-Ethics | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment