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JOHN RAY ON MORAL PHILOSOPHY -- Full List of articles



Published academic papers:

THE MORALS OF ATTITUDES

MORALISM AND POLITICS

IN DEFENCE OF AUSTRALIA'S POLICY TOWARDS NON-WHITE IMMIGRATION


Other articles:

NON-LEFTIST ETHICAL NATURALISM: A coherent alternative to moral relativism

POST-MODERNISM AND MORAL PHILOSOPHY

MOST MORALITY IS INSTINCTIVE

The finished mystery: There IS such a thing as right and wrong



2007 ADDENDUM

Some 2007 research by Haidt would seem to be of considerable interest in connection with the above. Haidt argues that the basis of morality is instinctive but that conservatives display greater cognitive complexity in dealing with moral questions. Given the frequent Leftist assertion that "there is no such thing as right and wrong", that is not inherently surprising. Although they often use moral talk in an attempt to influence others, Leftists would seem, on their own admission, to have no serious interest in or committment to morality of any kind. That does make the invariable brutalities of Communist regimes rather understandable.

Part of a summary of Haidt's review:

"Haidt argues that human morality is a cultural construction built on top of -- and constrained by -- a small set of evolved psychological systems. He presents evidence that political liberals rely primarily on two of these systems, involving emotional sensitivities to harm and fairness. Conservatives, however, construct their moral understandings on those two systems plus three others, which involve emotional sensitivities to in-group boundaries, authority and spiritual purity."




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