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Moral Philosophy



Moral philosophy, or ethics, is both the process and result of how we conceptualize “good” and “bad.” Almost all religious and philosophical traditions center on this fundamental question of humanity: how do we determine the “right” way to be a human being?

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Metaethics: Crash Course Philosophy #32

We begin our unit on ethics with a look at metaethics. Hank explains three forms of moral realism—moral absolutism, and cultural relativism, including the difference between descriptive and normative cultural relativism—and moral subjectivism, which is a form of moral antirealism.

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Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals

The author of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance examines life's essential issues as he recounts the journey down the Hudson River in a sailboat of his philosopher-narrator Phaedrus.

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How Your Brain Invents Morality

Neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explains her theory of how we evolved a conscience.

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FindCenterDo not let us mistake necessary evils for good.

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What Are the Most Important Moral Problems of Our Time? | Will MacAskill

Of all the problems facing humanity, which should we focus on solving first? In a compelling talk about how to make the world better, moral philosopher Will MacAskill provides a framework for answering this question based on the philosophy of “effective altruism”—and shares ideas for taking on...

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The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt

By one of the most profoundly influential thinkers of our century, The Rebel is a classic essay on revolution.

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How to Be Good—A Very Tough Problem

To the extent that we can sort out what is good and true in ourselves, we live up to the moral impulses that we value.

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FindCenterFaith, in the sense in which I am here using the word, is the art of holding on to things your reason has once accepted, in spite of your changing moods.

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The Righteous Mind | Jonathan Haidt | Talks at Google

In his new book, “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion,” Jonathan Haidt explores the origins of morality and its basis in politics and religion.

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Conscience: The Origins of Moral Intuition

Conscience, a finalist for the PEN / E. O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award, explores why all social groups have moral systems and how these systems are formed. Distinguished professor Patricia S.

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