March 22, 2012
I have the strongest interest in ethical and meta-ethical questions, along with the related issues that tend to come up in these pursuits. For example: --Are ethical beliefs best understood as being about facts in the world that are true or false, or are they more like human conventions and preferences? --What counts as a good reason to hold ethical beliefs? --Why should we as individuals care about being moral? --To what degree must we believe that we posses a free will in order for our ethical beliefs to make sense/be true? Do we actually posses this degree of autonomy, or is it an illusion? --What are the boundaries of the things that are deserving of moral concern? (i.e. humans, fetuses, animals, other sentient beings, etc.). What is the nature of our obligation to each category? --What is the connection between personal identity over time to moral accountability and moral beliefs.
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