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Philosophical Naturalists Can’t Condemn Criminals

Published on April 9, 2017 By sirrahc

“Justice, sir, is the great interest of man on earth. It is the ligament which holds civilized beings and civilized nations together.”  — Daniel Webster, early American politician When a wrong has been committed, it’s a normal, healthy human desire to want to see justice done. I am defining “justice” here as fair punishment that […]

The Right to Judge Others (Part 1 of 2)

Published on January 13, 2013 By sirrahc

“Don’t judge me!” How many times have you heard that? When said seriously, the person’s tone is usually quite defensive. They don’t want someone else telling them that they are behaving in a bad, foolish, or ethically questionable way. Or, how about: “Who are you/we to judge?” In this case, the person is probably indicating […]

Natural Law, Due Process, and Personal Property Rights

Published on December 29, 2010 By sirrahc

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Christmas holiday! All too short, I’m sure. Now, back to “business”…. One often hears the terms “natural law” and “due process” used when discussing various (real or perceived) rights and constitutionality of laws. But, to me, at least, it isn’t always clear what people mean by that. (I have […]

Bad Bongo!: Are Chimps Moral? (Part 3 of 3)

Published on April 13, 2010 By sirrahc
This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Bad Bongo

Last time (Part 1 & Part 2), Beckwith & Koukl demonstrated how the evolutionary approach to explaining morality actually denies it. Now, for an even bigger problem… Why Should I? This third observation uncovers the third and most serious objection to the idea that evolution is adequate to explain morality. One question can never be […]

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