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What is the relationship between the objective "is" and the ethical "ought"?

Charlotte, NC
Post #: 44
Brainstorm: How are “is” and “ought” related?

1. Hume believed that ethics arises according to our sentiments not reason. These sentiments are often in conflict which brings about ethical conflicts. It is important to know “is” so we know how to shape the future “ought”.
2. Hume carried the is-ought distinction into language with is-descriptions and ought-prescriptions.

3. “Is” concerns the world of objects. “Ought” concerns the world of ethical processes.
4. Our ethics depends on the “is” of reality. Our ethical “ought” is made from inductions on experienced “is”.
5. The affect of an ethical action is measured within the situation and within a culture.

6. How are existential beliefs related to ethical beliefs? When we try to legitimize any ethical belief, we are forced to a more general ethical belief. We recognize that we will never end this legitimizing process. But for any “ought” action, its ethics is measured by the outcome, the “is”.
7. Our reality “is” a product of media with false advertising, reality shows, internet relations. We are living in a consumer reality. I reject that “is”. Buying more doesn’t move me anymore. I choose a different “is” with face-to-face interactions and real friends.

Bill Van F.
Group Organizer
Charlotte, NC
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