Relativism

The Capability of Man to Perceive the “Should”

When the only thing that determines what is morally right is one’s individual, subjective judgment, then there is no overarching moral truth to which all are bound. In such a situation, those who have the greatest power can impose their positions on other, unchecked by any authority apart from themselves. Indeed, such an understanding of […]

Abortion and The Tyranny of the Now

—and from the blog post Abortion {Still} Isn’t Healthcare by Jenny Uebbing at Mama Needs Coffee Let’s put aside the immorality of abortion for a moment. Abortion, which isn’t healthcare. And let’s speak of the procedure in a vacuum, as it were, leaving aside the obvious, ludicrously-demonstrable humanity of the baby, and focus solely on […]

Progress

This, therefore, is our first requirement about the ideal towards which progress is directed; it must be fixed. Whistler used to make many rapid studies of a sitter; it did not matter if he tore up twenty portraits. But it would matter if he looked up twenty times, and each time saw a new person […]

Facts, Opinions, and Relativism

From the NY Times blog article: Why Our Children Don’t Think There Are Moral Facts As a philosopher, I already knew that many college-aged students don’t believe in moral facts. While there are no national surveys quantifying this phenomenon, philosophy professors with whom I have spoken suggest that the overwhelming majority of college freshmen in […]

The Fruits of Relativism

We are moving toward a dictatorship of relativism which does not recognize anything as for certain and which has as its highest goal one’s own ego and one’s own desires. —Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), from his homily to the Papal Conclave in 2005 + So I posed a question to three of the […]