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Tying Up Some Anthropic Loose Ends

Tying Up Some Anthropic Loose Ends

"Life" Issues, anthropic principle, autonomy, Change, community, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Human Condition, Rationality, Spirituality
In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I proposed deriving ethical principles, not from some religious or theological or generically “metaphysical” source, but instead from the very act of ethical reflection itself. I called this strategy “anthropic ethics” because it emphasizes that the very act of ethical reflection itself presupposes, purely as a matter of logic, certain ethical “first” principles”, e.g., “Life is good”, “Free inquiry is good”, “Rationality is good”, etc., etc. (The analogy was with the anthropic principle, which states that the existence of life in the Universe implies that certain antecedent physical constants must have certain values.) Denying any of these principles ultimately works against the health and survival of the human community as such, and if the human...
Tying Up Some Anthropic Loose Ends

Tying Up Some Anthropic Loose Ends

"Life" Issues, anthropic principle, autonomy, Change, community, culture, Enlightenment, Ethics, Human Condition, Rationality, Spirituality
In a recent “Skeptic’s Collection” column, I proposed deriving ethical principles, not from some religious or theological or generically “metaphysical” source, but instead from the very act of ethical reflection itself. I called this strategy “anthropic ethics” because it emphasizes that the very act of ethical reflection itself presupposes, purely as a matter of logic, certain ethical “first” principles”, e.g., “Life is good”, “Free inquiry is good”, “Rationality is good”, etc., etc. (The analogy was with the anthropic principle, which states that the existence of life in the Universe implies that certain antecedent physical constants must have certain values.) Denying any of these principles ultimately works against the health and survival of the human community as such, and if the human...