Tag: Moral Realism

  • Philosophical Questions and their Answers

    By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ It seems that many – most? – philosophers think that what philosophy is about is arriving at true positions on subjects ranging from morality, to knowledge, to reality, and the like. They think there is a determinate answer as to whether moral realism or anti-realism is true or whether the…

  • Being Moral

    By Daniel A. Kaufman ___ On several occasions, I have described moral ‘oughts’ directed towards others as an invitation to self-governance. Moral Realism is a bust, so these oughts don’t derive from some transcendent moral order, and regardless, whether or not morals can be construed as objective or “Real” turns out not to matter. [1]…

  • What a Man’s Gotta’ Do: Virtue Ethics and The Situationally Prudent

    by E. John Winner ___ Virtue ethics is an attempt to find a code of behavior within one’s self.  This may, as with the Stoa or the Tao, be a living through of some logic or being of the natural order of the universe, but it is not an attempt to find a moral reality…

  • The Logic of “Jewish” Philosophy (more by way of a response to Robert Gressis)

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ For those readers who recognized that beneath my humorous essay on “Jewish” Philosophy was a serious point regarding our attitudes not just towards the professional discipline of philosophy but the subject itself, I want to add a substantial postscript. It is inspired, in part, by Robert Gressis’s reply to my…

  • Metaethical Thoughts

    by Daniel A. Kaufman ___ My recent dialogue with Spencer Case has gotten me thinking more about where I stand metaethically speaking. I think the discussion annoyed him, which upsets me, because I love having Spencer as a new interlocutor and friend, and I know I can be somewhat of a pit-bull in live debate…