Re: Subjective Morality

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 13:45:44 -0600

Billy Brown wrote:
> For us, now, I agree completely. The question is this: is the fact that we
> can find no firm grounding for morality a fundamental feature of reality, or
> the result of our own cognitive limitations? Is there a way of grounding
> that regress, or of reformulating the problem so that you don't need
to? I
> don't know, and I doubt that anyone else does - I don't know that I could
> even tell the difference between a real proof and a flawed one.

I think I can now extract the basic point of contention:

Subjectivist: If there were an objective morality, I would have found it by now.
Objectivist: I don't even understand the problem. Recurse on an IQ upgrade.

Does anyone disagree with this stereotype?

--         Eliezer S. Yudkowsky

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