maio 17, 2010


Philosophers for centuries have wasted their time, and that of others, on such questions as "are their other minds?" or "is there an external world?" I think the question "what is moral (right, good, etc.)" is much the same. Peirce, I think, was right to poke fund at Hume and Descartes. Dewey was right as well when he wrote philosophy will recover itself when it ceases to deal with the problems of philosophers, and seeks instead a method to resolve the problems of men. That morality cannot be established in the same sense that other things may be established (i.e., the temperature at which water boils) should be a non-issue. That it is a human construct is obvious (what else could it be?) and insignificant. We make value judgments all the time; some are better, and more reasonable, than others. Perhaps we should focus on how to make the best possible value judgments, rather than wondering what is "really" valuable. - ciceronianus

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