New Meetup: Evolutionary Ethics

From: Steve
Sent on: Saturday, April 4, 2009 1:14 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Plato's Cave - The Orlando Philosophy Meetup Group!

What: Evolutionary Ethics

When: April 26,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Evolutionary Ethics

S. E. Bromberg and others argue that evolutionary ethics should be a branch (or maybe a twig) of science rather than philosophy.

According to Bromberg:
"There are several reasons why formal ethics cannot resolve the issues of ethical theory. What hinders problem solving in ethics is the very language of ethics. There is an analog to this in the development of engineering. Until the world had calculus, tall buildings and long bridges in deep water could not be built. The language of algebra and geometry could not address the complexities of their construction. In the same way meta-ethical discourse does not contain the necessary tools to describe the complexities of ethical theory. The history of evolutionary ethics tells us otherwise. Past attempts to construct a theory of the evolution of ethics have failed. Two of the more significant reasons given are G.E. Moore?s naturalistic fallacy and David Hume?s 'is-ought' dichotomy. Part of the argument says that since words like good and moral are indefinable one cannot state what is moral and what is not. However, if one changes the language of ethics from meta-ethics to cybernetic ethics a solution to complex ethical theories can be found." Ethics merges with science in 'cybernetic ethics'.

Join the Plato's Cave philosophers as we tackle issues involving the Evolution of Ethics.

To get started, check out these web sites (thanks to Mike C.):

Hume's 'is-ought' problem:

What is meta-ethics? Listen to "Meta-Ethics 101" here:

. . . and be sure to check the Plato's Cave files section for readings related to this discussion. -Steve

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