Ethical Realism

April 27, 2010

Is the GRE a Sham?

Filed under: philosophy — JW Gray @ 7:00 am
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The GRE is a test required in order to get into many graduate programs including a philosophy program. Part of the test is on analytical writing, which requires us to give an “in-depth analysis of complex ideas” and provide “logically compelling reasons.” I am not convinced that the people grading these essays are qualified to know what counts as an in-depth analysis or a logically compelling reason and the company that runs the GRE tests, ETS, has no accountability. In particular, the company has refused to explain to me specifically why my grade was a “4” despite my best efforts to get them to do so. A human being grades these tests and should know how to justify their grades, but we are just expected to have faith that everything is done perfectly right without a shred of evidence. (more…)

April 19, 2010

Reckless Driving

Filed under: ethics,philosophy — JW Gray @ 10:36 pm
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Reckless driving is becoming so common place that I can’t drive for 10 miles without expecting to personally experience reckless driving that endangers my safety. We can use philosophy to correct our own behavior, but some sort of change in culture may be required to correct the behavior of others. There are three forms of reckless driving that I have noticed to be on the rise, and I will consider why they happen:

  1. Tailgating
  2. Blocking paths
  3. Lane sharing

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April 12, 2010

A Nietzschean Argument From Disagreement: An Objection to Moral Realism

In “Moral Skepticism and Moral Disagreement: Developing an Argument from Nietzsche1 Brian Leiter argues that Nietzsche gives us a good reason to reject moral realism: Philosophers have been lead to inevitable disagreement about the foundations of ethics and we have no reason to think any of them are right. They are probably all false because “right” and “wrong” probably don’t exist. I will present Leiter’s argument as I understand it and provide my objections to it. (more…)

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