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Old 01-22-2011, 12:06 PM
chrisn chrisn is offline
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Default Re: Science Saturday: Ethics of Infants

Tolerance as as a high virtue has benefits, but when reasonably disagreed with ...it's obvious that people act like people and point fingers, get uncomfortable, debate, get angry, ostracize, seek self-interest, threaten violence. Josh's point about having to debate about finer points with those in your "moral circle" (who can affect your life and outcomes) rather than the person completely outside of it with whom you must only have vague moral sentiment is well taken.

I think we might all recognize a good in Hamlin falling in love and marrying a country-music loving type as well.

Does that good have its roots only in the moral thinking of cog sci/exp phil discussed here (and some of those theories that tie highly abstract moral thinking to feelings and baby experiments, and then maybe to Empiricism as one possible path), or also in a deeper philosophical debate as regards empiricism/rationalism...religious moral thinking...something beyond such thinking?

*I also am very wary of such theorizing slipping into politics though neither really are too guilty here (conservatives are group based...liberals are individualized...blah blah blah).

That way lies great danger.
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