Welcome to the ninth post in our Sententia Discussion series! Please engage in the discussion below the post. For a reminder of what the Sententia Discussion series is, and how it’s supposed to work, see this post. Remember, discussion topics will be posted on the second and fourth Sunday of each month.

Background

Traditionally, morality and the question of right and wrong have been the province of religion. More and more people do not identify as religious or follow a particular religious teaching. Useful for consideration: Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, Moral Relativism, Abraham Lincoln’s essay on the importance of upholding the law, Martin Luther King’s Letters from a Birmingham Jail, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Kant’s universal law.

Prompt:

“Is conduct right because the Gods demand it, or do the Gods demand it because it is right?”

Are there moral/philosophical “laws” that can be derived, like the laws of physics?

How might right and wrong be determined?

Is there such a thing as an independent morality?

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