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FOREWORD
GROUND RULES
A MODEST SUGGESTION…
INTRODUCTION
THE “NULL ZONE”
THE CASUALTIES
“MIDDLE TRUTHS”
“MIDDLE TRUTHS” AND EXPLOITATION
EFFECTIVE PARASITISM
A FRAMEWORK FOR ETHICS
OBJECTIVE TRUTH
TRUTH AND OBJECTIVE REALITY
ACCURACY AND CONSISTENCY
THE EXISTENCE OF “TRUTH”
EMPIRICISM VERSUS RATIONALITY
INTERNAL CONSISTENCY
ETHICS
THE DISCIPLINE OF THEORETICAL ETHICS
SELF-DEFEATING ARGUMENTS
PREFERENCES
PREFERENCES AND EXISTENCE
PREFERENCES AND ARGUMENTS
PREFERENCES AND UNIVERSALITY
ARGUMENTS AND UNIVERSALITY
PREMISE 1: WE BOTH EXIST
PREMISE 2: THE SENSES HAVE THE CAPACITY FOR ACCURACY
PREMISE 3: LANGUAGE HAS THE CAPACITY FOR MEANING
PREMISE 4: CORRECTION REQUIRES UNIVERSAL PREFERENCES
PREMISE 6: TRUTH IS BETTER THAN FALSEHOOD
PREMISE 8: INDIVIDUALS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS
UNIVERSALLY PREFERABLE BEHAVIOUR
UPB AND VALIDITY
MORAL RULES: A DEFINITION
UPB: FIVE PROOFS
UPB: THE PRACTICE
UPB: THE FRAMEWORK
UPB: ETHICS OR AESTHETICS?
IRRATIONALITY
LYING
MURDER
REQUIREMENTS FOR ETHICS
CHOICE
AVOIDANCE
AVOIDANCE AND INITIATION
ETHICS, AESTHETICS AND AVOIDABILITY
INITIATION
THE NON-AGGRESSION PRINCIPLE (NAP)
LIFEBOAT SCENARIOS
GRAY AREAS
SHADES OF GRAY
UNIVERSALITY AND EXCEPTIONS
THE PURPOSE – AND THE DANGERS
THE BEAST
PROPAGANDA
ETHICAL CATEGORIES
THE SEVEN CATEGORIES
VIRTUE AND ITS OPPOSITE
WHAT IS MISSING
THE FIRST TEST: RAPE
1. THE GOOD
THE COMA TEST
CAPACITY
2. AESTHETICALLY POSITIVE
3. PERSONALLY POSITIVE
4. MORALLY NEUTRAL
5. PERSONALLY NEGATIVE
6. AESTHETICALLY NEGATIVE
7. EVIL
WHEW!
THE SECOND TEST: MURDER
SELF-DEFENSE?
THE THIRD TEST: THEFT
PROPERTY AND UPB
THE GRAY AREAS
PROPERTY AS UNIVERSALITY
TESTING “THEFT”
THE FOURTH TEST: FRAUD
THE FIFTH TEST: LYING
MORE CHALLENGING TESTS OF UPB
SELF-DEFENSE
CHILD RAISING
“DON’T EAT FISH”
ANIMAL RIGHTS
THE VALUE OF UNIVERSALLY PREFERABLE BEHAVIOUR
THE “NULL ZONE” REVISITED
BIGOTRY
NEXT STOP: THE “ALTERNATE UNIVERSE”
EXISTENCE VERSUS NON-EXISTENCE
THE “ALTERNATE UNIVERSE” IN HUMAN SOCIETY
UPB IN ACTION
GOVERNMENT
OPINIONS AND REALITY
POLICEMEN
PRACTICALITY
THE NECESSITY OF THE STATE?
GOVERNMENTS AND RELIGION
TAXATION
GOVERNMENT, RELIGION AND UPB
RELIGION AND UPB
UPB AND “THE MAJORITY”
MAJORITY RULE
ADDITIONAL PROOFS
THE FREE-MARKET ECONOMY
THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD
PUBLIC EDUCATION
PARALLELS
SOLUTIONS
THE FUTURE
CONCLUSIONS
APPENDIX B: MORAL CATEGORIES
APPENDIX C: UPB PODCASTS
INDEX
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Universally Preferable Behaviour

Universally Preferable Behaviour

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