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A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics

A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics

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UniversallyPreferable
Behaviour
A Rational Proof of
Secular Ethics
Stefan Molyneux, MAHost, Freedomain Radio
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Universally Preferable Behaviour
A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword... .................................................................................... ... 8Ground Rules... ....................................................................... .. 12
 A Modest Suggestion…...
.......................................................... ... 17Introduction................................................................................. .. 19
The “Null Zone”...
................................................................... .. 20The Casualties ... ................................................................... ... 22
“Middle Truths”...
................................................................... .. 24
“Middle Truths” and Exploitation...
..................................... .. 27Effective Parasitism... ............................................................. . 30 A Framework for Ethics ... ......................................................... . 34Objective Truth... .................................................................... .. 35Truth and Objective Reality... ........................................... . 37 Accuracy and Consistency... ............................................... . 38
The Existence of “Truth” ...
................................................... .. 40Empiricism versus Rationality ... ..................................... .. 41Internal Consistency... .............................................................. ... 42Ethics ... ........................................................................................ . 45The Discipline of Theoretical Ethics... ................................. .. 46Self-Defeating Arguments ..................................................... . 48Preferences... ............................................................................... .. 51Preferences and Existence... ................................................ ... 52Preferences and Arguments... ............................................. ... 53
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Preferences and Universality... ........................................... ...53 Arguments and Universality... ............................................. ..55Premise 1: We Both Exist... ............................................... ..55Premise 2: The Senses have the Capacity for Accuracy... ............................................................................ ..55Premise 3: Language has the Capacity for Meaning56Premise 4: Correction Requires Universal Preferences56Premise 5: An Objective Methodology Exists ForSeparating Truth From Falsehood ... ............................. ...56Premise 6: Truth Is Better Than Falsehood... .............. ...57Premise 7: Peaceful Debating is the Best Way toResolve Disputes... .............................................................. ..57Premise 8: Individuals are Responsible for their Actions.58Universally Preferable Behaviour ... ...................................... ...60UPB and Validity... ............................................................... ...61Moral Rules: A Definition................................................... .65UPB: Five Proofs..................................................................... ..66UPB: Optional and Objective... .......................................... .71UPB: The Practice ... ......................................................... ...73UPB: The Framework... ..................................................... ..78UPB: Ethics or Aesthetics?... ................................................... ...79Irrationality... ........................................................................... .80Lying... ...................................................................................... ..80Murder ...................................................................................... .81Requirements for Ethics... .................................................... ...81Choice... ..................................................................................... .82 Avoidance... ............................................................................. ...83 Avoidance and Initiation ... ............................................... ..84Ethics, Aesthetics and Avoidability... .................................. ..85Initiation... .................................................................................. ...88The Non-Aggression Principle (NAP)... .............................. ...89Lifeboat Scenarios... .................................................................. ...92
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