Ethical Naturalism

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  • Created on: 14-03-13 11:02

·                      Naturalism is a view of ethics that tried to link morals with new scientific knowledge following the rise of modern science in the 17th Century

  • All ethical statements are the same as non-ethical statements - both are cognitive  (can be poven true or false)and objective (not influenced by opinion or feelings)
    • 'Thomas More was executed for his beliefs in 1535.'/'Thomas More was a good man.'
    • First statement can be proven true or false by looking at evidence e.g. death certificate
    • Second statement can also be proven true by looking etablishing if in his personal behaviour Thomas More was kind, unselfish, good, caring, etc.
    • Thus I could argue euthanasia ends suffering therefore 'euthanasia is right'

·                     Ethical terms can be defined using 'natural terms' that we would use to define scienece and mathmatics

·                     Sense perceptions (see, hear, smell, touch..) are logical tools that


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