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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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UPB can thus be seen as a framework for validating ethical theories or propositions – just as the
scientific method is a framework that is used to validate scientific theories or propositions.

An example of a moral proposition is: “the initiation of the use of force is wrong.” UPB is the
methodology that tests that proposition against both internal consistency and empirical observation.

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UPB thus first asks: is the proposition logical and consistent? UPB then asks: what evidence exists for the
truth of the proposition?

To keep this book at a reasonable length, we will in general deal mostly with the first criterion of logical
consistency. For the second criterion, we shall rely for evidence on the universal prohibitions across all
cultures against certain actions such as rape, theft, assault and murder. Much more could be written on
the historical evidence that helps support or reject various moral propositions, but we shall leave that
for another time. If we establish the validity of UPB, we have achieved an enormous amount. If we do
not, evidence will scarcely help us.

Let us now turn to the question of whether the UPB framework deals with matters of ethics, or aesthetics,
or both.

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