Ethics Without God

Nielsen argues that morality cannot be based on religion, and that there is no evidence to show that nonbelievers despair or lose their sense of identity and purpose He shows that the implications of Christian absolutism are likely to be monstrous than are those of a secular ethic that incorporates an independent principle of justice.
Ethics Without God Nielsen argues that morality cannot be based on religion and that there is no evidence to show that nonbelievers despair or lose their sense of identity and purpose He shows that the implications of

  • Title: Ethics Without God
  • Author: Kai Nielsen
  • ISBN: 9780879755522
  • Page: 235
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ethics Without God”

    1. This is a great work on ethics. If the text were split in three sections I believe the first section would be Euthyphro; what it means for something to be good as decreed by god and something that is good and thus god decreed. The second section begins to look at humanistic rational ethics. Understanding that even the Christian would accept that something must be good and thus desired by god rather than good arbitrarily. The third section follows with looks into what the ethic would look like in [...]

    2. I found this to be a very insightful argument on how Ethics is not only possible but also coherent without God. I personally think the way he dealt with the divine commandment theory was well done since he was able to show that the term "commandment" does not always entail "goodness". It was his semantic/logical analysis of basic terms that I found to be helpful as well as his positive account of secular morality. While his utilitarian stance is dubious since it suffers from many infamous object [...]

    3. I mostly found this very dry and dull reading. Makes a few good points, but nothing I hadn't read elsewhere and I had a hard time finishing this book because I kept getting bored with it.

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