Tagarchief: anti-arbitrariness

The three most defensible principles in ethics

From eight to five to three: this article is the result of a long process of several years, searching for the most important or fundamental ethical principles, refining, simplifying and deleting principles until we end up with the three ethical … Lees verder

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What is a rational ethicist?

Accuracy, effectiveness and consistency A rational ethicist lives by the slogan: accurate in beliefs, effective in means, consistent in ends. Our ends should be consistent in the sense that our moral values or ethical principles should not contain contradictions, vagueness … Lees verder

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Moral illusions and wild animal suffering neglect

There is a lot of suffering in wild nature: hunger, disease, parasites, predation, competition,… Given the numbers of wild animals and the intensities of suffering, we should not underestimate the moral importance of this problem of wild animal suffering. However, … Lees verder

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Moral illusions and arbitrary discrimination

My presentation at the TEDxGhent PhD contest (24-03-2016), winner of the special prize for the audience’s favourite speaker. Slides can be downloaded here: Moral illusions and arbitrary discrimination. Short description: If your senses cannot always be trusted because of optical … Lees verder

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Against arbitrariness

In this article I demonstrate that the anti-arbitrariness principle might be the most fundamental principle in both science and ethics. What is arbitrariness? Arbitrariness is difficult to define. It has to do with the absence of a good rule that … Lees verder

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