Ethical Realism is my philosophy website where I post my philosophy notes. These notes are clarified in essay form in the hopes that other people will find them helpful. I do this to be critiqued, to help popularize philosophy, to help people learn why philosophy is important, and because I think these are topics worth discussing.
My Top 10 posts are on diverse topics that I think concern very important topics. I hope they are clear, coherent, and reasonable.
I spent a large part of this year learning about business ethics, and the ethical implications of capitalism was discussed in William Shaw’s business ethics book. Considering the unexpected economic recession, the ethical implications of capitalism are more important than ever. We need to know what our capitalistic system is doing wrong and if there is a better alternative.
I have been concerned with the question: Do intrinsic values exist? (Does anything really matter?) I think one of the most important reasons that many people believe in intrinsic values involves their experience of pain. I examine why pain could have such implications.
People are often concerned with the evidence used to support arguments, but just as important are the strategies we use when we engage in argument. I believe that understanding argument strategies can help us create arguments of our own and improve our philosophical thinking.
The question, “Is knowledge impossible?” raises many important issues. For example—What does “knowledge” mean? In what sense must beliefs be justified to count as knowledge? How do we know that we know anything?
I go out on a limb and suggest that the success of religion relies on a factors that no longer seem to imply. The loss of this factor could be bad news for religion unless it is re-attained.
I review an essay where Jonathan Haidt discusses his hypothesis concerning moral psychology. Haidt considers the implications of empirical research, and his primary concern is how we form our actual moral beliefs rather than how we ought to form moral beliefs.
Knowing how to write philosophical arguments is relevant to how to think philosophically.
I discuss five meta-ethical theories, which are theories concerning the meaning of moral concepts. What does “good,” “bad,” “right,” “wrong,” and “ought” refer to? (As opposed to normative theories, which tell us what we ought to do.)
Knowing how to debate well is highly related to how to think well. However, I focus on what how good thinking relates to debates in particular.
What it means to apply philosophy to your life can be multifaceted, and I discuss in mostly general terms how I believe it’s changed my life. There’s still a lot more that can be said on this topic and I might say more about it in the future.
In addition to the top 10, I believe the following posts discuss particularly important topics and are worth a look:
- Top 10 Posts on Ethical Realism from 2010
- Philosophical Thought & An Illustration of a Positive Argument
- Philosophical Thought & An Illustration of An Objection
- The Debate Over Moral Realism
- What is “Morality?”
- Three Theories of Justice
- Ethical Implications of Corporations
- Six Uncontroversial Moral Beliefs
- Ethics and Rationalization
- Being Risk-Averse, Hedging Our Bets, and Secularism in Philosophy