Here are two articles on Ethics that agree with my primary insights into Ethics and Morality.
(1) Alex Rosenberg: Duke University philosopher: Can Moral Disputes Be Resolved (NYT)
His conclusion, like mine, leave many uncomfortable: “Many people will not find this a satisfactory outcome. They will hope to show that even if moral judgments are expressions of our emotions, nevertheless at least some among these attitudes are objective, right, correct, well justified.”
(2) Eric Schwitzgebel: Univ. of Calif. at Riverside philosopher: Cheeseburger Ethics: Are professional ethicists good people? (Aeon)
According to our research, not especially. So what is the point of learning ethics? This article shows research showing that our intuitions about morality are wrong.
My Ethical Positions (backed in part by these articles):
- There are no absolute moral positions, no matter how deceptively clear it is to our intuitions that there must be moral truths.
- Talking about morals is usually just a way to try to signal others and ourselves that we are good and safe.
- Ethics/Morals are temporary, tenuous agreements between peoples who share goals.
- For those interested in Meta-Ethical philosophical terms, I am probably an anti-realist, non-cognitivist, relativist (but not a moral nihilist). See Wiki on Meta-Ethics