Thursday's Philosophy Meetup Topic: the Foundation of Moral Principles

From: David V.
Sent on: Tuesday, June 17, 2008 9:24 AM
When: June 19,[masked]:00 PM
Where: Half-Price Books
5803 E. Northwest Hwy.
Dallas, TX 75231
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Greetings fellow thinkers,

For this month's meetup, I would like to discuss the justification of moral and political principles. David Hume first brought up the question of how we can conclude what should be from looking at what is in 1730. I recommend Wikipedia for further reading.

What I would like to do at the meetup is have a discussion of conflicting moral foundations. I would like you to think about a specific moral principle that you believe in or practice, and think about what facts in reality justifies your believing in or practicing that principle. If you do not believe that objective moral statements are possible, be prepared to defend that position as well. We will not debate the validity or merit of the principle itself, but the various justifications used to affirm or deny moral judgments.

Here are some sample moral claims you can try to justify:
  • Murder is wrong.
  • Great art ought to be praised
  • "There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.? (Socrates, Diogenes Laertius)


After discussing our justification of moral principles, let's do the same thing for political principles. What facts of reality give rise to statements about which social arrangement are desirable?

Here are some sample political claims you can argue for or against:
  • Democracy is good.
  • "No one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.? (John Locke, Two Treatises of Government)
  • No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. (Thomas Jefferson, Virginia Constitution)


Don't forget - we meet just outside the cafe area in the front of the store.

See you soon!

You can get in touch with me through the "Contact Organizer" link on Meetup.

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