Please join us for a mind-boggling, blockbusting discussion on whether or not there is universal ethic, or a set of principles which apply to all humans, whether secular or religious, independent from any particular faith, and how it is (if at all) related to Philosophy! Is There a Universal Ethic?
The following questions will be asked of the group at this Meetup:
>For the purposes of this discussion, what do we mean by "universal ethic"?
>Is there a standard of assessment by which something ethical or unethical, in a given context, can be judged?
>Is one's own personal opinion/bias/belief/superstition "evidence" as to whether or not something is ethical? (Is the strength of one's emotional exuberance "evidence" as to whether or not something is ethical or not?)
>Does the opinion of a majority of people make something ethical or not? (Does the belief[s] of an aggregate suddenly, and magically/supernaturalistically, render something ethical?)
>What are the political ("rights") ramifications for having (or not having) a universal ethic?
>How does art and media affect the idea of a universal ethic (or the lack of one)?
>Conclusion: After all is said and done, Is There a Universal Ethic?
This Meetup is at a quiet restaurant, and no purchase is necessary. (Though, please keep in mind that the owner is providing a FREE, quiet venue for us to conduct our Meetup and a small purchase on your part as a show of thanks is greatly appreciated.) Socializing will begin at 1:15pm, the discussion around 1:45pm, and the conclusion at approximately 3:45pm.
NOTE: At the beginning of the discussion portion of the Meetup, the moderator will ask for cooperation (i.e. being on one's best behavior and showing the utmost respect for others) from all participants regarding member conduct during the discussion. Specifically, when the moderator asks a question of the group (see this Meetup's questions listed above), it is for purpose of moving the discussion in that particular direction to 1)have a well-rounded conversation that adequately covers the topic in the time available, and 2)to help facilitate each member arriving at some type of answer/conclusion, based on the discussion, by the end of the Meetup. Past experience has shown that when members ignore the moderator's question(s) to go off on their own soapboxes, it leads to a purposeless, rudderless, conversational free-for-all; which greatly reduces the quality of the discussion for all participants. (Members who have an agenda for how the Meetup will progress (or not progress), including introducing [or continually re-introducing] frequent tangents that have nothing to do any aspect of the topic at hand [which are introduced via the questions posited above] are free to schedule their own Meetups on this website.
A member's attendance at this Meetup is a de facto agreement (on his/her part) that the discussion will follow the simple format outlined above, via each question introduced at the time designated by the moderator. After a question is asked, the conversation will be a free-flowing one focused around that particular question. (Though, please keep your answers short and give others a chance to speak. Also, please no side conversations while others are trying to speak - it's very distracting...) Other ancillary questions may come up during the course of the discussion that we will talk about, but the group will primarily focus its attention on the questions asked above; as well as try to tie together how each question is correlated with one another.