Är objektiva moraliska värden möjliga utan Gud?: en teoriprövning av Moralens Landskap
Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
What drove me to write this paper is the will to examine if there is a philosophically and scientifically viable alternative foundation for an objective morality other than what we like to refer to as "God". The American philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris presents in his book The Moral Landscape a thesis for an objective morality based on science in which he states that science can determine human values. The purpose of this paper is to perform a theoretical trial of The Moral Landscape, examining Harris' thesis and it's relations to the philosophical obstacles that stands in its way, these being mainly the famous philosophical principle "Hume's Law" and G.E. Moore's "Naturalistic Fallacy and Open Question Argument" and thus will serve as my main theoretical foundation. The results of my study was not conclusive since Harris in fact doesn't succeed in bridging the gap between facts and values on a scientific ground. He does, however, present a philosophical case, which is hard to argue against, on which you could found moral principles that require science in practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 34 p.
The Moral Landscape, Sam Harris, Moral realism, Moral relativism, Hume's Law, The Naturalistic Fallacy, The Open Question Argument
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-10586OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-10586DiVA: diva2:627054
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