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A Rational Proof Of Secular Ethics by Stefan Molyneux

A Rational Proof Of Secular Ethics by Stefan Molyneux

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"In many fairy tales, there lives a terrible beast of stupendous power, a dragon or a basilisk, which tyrannizes the surrounding lands. The local villagers tremble before this monster; they sacrifice their animals, pay money and blood in the hopes of appeasing its murderous impulses. Most people cower under the shadow of this beast, calling their fear "prudence," but a few - drunk perhaps on courage or foolhardiness - decide to fight. Year after year, decade after decade, wave after wave of hopeful champions try to match their strength, virtue and cunning against this terrible tyrant."

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"In many fairy tales, there lives a terrible beast of stupendous power, a dragon or a basilisk, which tyrannizes the surrounding lands. The local villagers tremble before this monster; they sacrifice their animals, pay money and blood in the hopes of appeasing its murderous impulses. Most people cower under the shadow of this beast, calling their fear "prudence," but a few - drunk perhaps on courage or foolhardiness - decide to fight. Year after year, decade after decade, wave after wave of hopeful champions try to match their strength, virtue and cunning against this terrible tyrant."

Host site: http://www.freedomainradio.com/

Free Books on Site: http://www.freedomainradio.com/FreeBooks.aspx

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UniversallyPreferableBehaviour
A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics
Stefan Molyneux, MAHost, Freedomain Radio
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 For my beloved wife Christina, who teaches me all that is true, and shows me everything that is possible…I would like to thank the listeners of Freedomain Radio, whose passion, generosity and participation has madethis book – and all the books to come – possible. Thank you for the gift of this time.Thanks also to my most excellent reviewers and proofreaders: Greg Gauthier, Jake Desyllas, Daniel Roncari andJason Smith.Any errors that remain are, of course, solely my responsibility.Freedomain Radio is one of the most popular philosophy podcasts on the Internet, and was a Top 10 Finalist inthe 2007 Podcast Awards.Please visit Freedomain Radio at www.freedomainradio.comfor more free podcasts, videos – as well as a thrivingmessage board.
Universally Preferable Behaviour: A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics, Copyright 2007 by Stefan Molyneux. All rights reserved. Printed inthe United States of America. No part of this book may be reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission except in thecase of brief quotations embodied in critical articles or reviews. For more information, please visit 
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The Freedomain Library, Volume 2Version 1.0, October 2007
 
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Universally Preferable Behaviour
 A Rational Proof of Secular Ethics
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreword.............................................................................................. 7
 
Ground Rules ...................................................................................9
 
A Modest Suggestion… ......................................................................12
 
Introduction.......................................................................................13
 
The “Null Zone”..............................................................................13
 
The Casualties................................................................................15
 
“Middle Truths” .............................................................................15
 
“Middle Truths” and Exploitation..................................................17
 
Effective Parasitism........................................................................18
 
A Framework for Ethics......................................................................22
 
Objective Truth..............................................................................22
 
Truth and Objective Reality.......................................................23
 
Accuracy and Consistency..........................................................24
 
The Existence of “Truth”................................................................25
 
Empiricism versus Rationality....................................................26
 
Internal Consistency...........................................................................27
 
Ethics..................................................................................................29
 
The Discipline of Theoretical Ethics...............................................29
 
Self-Defeating Arguments..............................................................31
 
Preferences........................................................................................32
 
Preferences and Existence.............................................................32
 
Preferences and Arguments ..........................................................33
 
Preferences and Universality.........................................................33
 
Arguments and Universality...........................................................34
 
Premise 1: We Both Exist...........................................................34
 
Premise 2: The Senses have the Capacity for Accuracy.............34
 
Premise 3: Language has the Capacity for Meaning..................34
 
Premise 4: Correction Requires Universal Preferences.............35
 
Premise 5: An Objective Methodology Exists For Separating Truth From Falsehood 35
 
Premise 6: Truth Is Better Than Falsehood................................35
 
Premise 7: Peaceful Debating is the Best Way to Resolve Disputes 35
 
Premise 8: Individuals are Responsible for their Actions ..........36
 

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