Key Theses

(1) There is such a thing as right and wrong.

(2) There is such a thing as helpful vs. harmful speech.

  1. Illuminates the general principle of right and wrong,
  2. Aids us in perceiving the specific situation we’re in,
  3. and translates between the two (i.e. helps us apply our general ethical principles to a specific situation).
  1. Obfuscates the general principle of right and wrong,
  2. Prevents us from perceiving the specific situation we’re in, or
  3. Interferes with the translation between the two.

Post-Truth

I’ve been blessed with moral uncertainty.

  1. Obfuscate the general principle of right and wrong
  2. Prevent us from perceiving the specific situation we’re in
  3. Interfere with the translation between the two (i.e. the process of applying general ethical principles to a specific situation).
  • Morality is real
  • Morality is not real
  • Morality is both real and non-real
  • Morality is neither real nor non-real
  • Morality matters.
  • Morality does not matter.
  • Morality both matters and does not matter.
  • Morality neither matters nor does not matter.
  • Morality does not matter.
  • Morality does not not matter.
  • Morality does not both matter and not matter.
  • Morality does not neither matter nor not matter.

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