Monday, February 27, 2017

Morality and Polarization

Thoughtful piece by John Holbo on the psychology of morality and the confusions of Haidt. Ultimately, all this arises from the fact that psychological theories of personality and morality are (ultimately) linguistic frameworks for organizing facts, and not grounded in physical reality. In fact, it isn't even clear if such grounding is possible. This does not make such ideas useless - far from it - but it is like science being done in terms of the four elements and the four humors.

I think we should have a theorem saying that all rational arguments must eventually devolve into paradox. Or perhaps Goedel and Russell already said that.....

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