New Scientia Salon video featuring a discussion between between Massimo and Dan, this time on the issue of moral realism. This is also being published as part of a new initiative by Bloggingheads.tv, called MeaningofLife.tv. Dan and I have our own channel, called, appropriately enough, Sophia.
Anyway, in this video we talk about just how hard it is to define moral realism, explain why I am not a moral realist, and ask whether utilitarians and Kantian deontologists are moral realists (not necessarily). We then talk about why we will likely not arrive at a single “true” ethical theory (and why this isn’t a problem, really), moving on to discussing human nature and why there will never be a Marxist (or libertarian!) utopia. Finally, we ask what happens to those who refuse to play “the moral game,” with a nod to Wittgenstein.
Massimo Pigliucci is a biologist and philosopher at the City University of New York. His main interests are in the philosophy of science and pseudoscience. He is the editor-in-chief of Scientia Salon, and his latest book (co-edited with Maarten Boudry) is Philosophy of Pseudoscience: Reconsidering the Demarcation Problem (Chicago Press).
Daniel A. Kaufman is a professor of philosophy at Missouri State University and a graduate of the City University of New York. His interests include epistemology, metaphysics, aesthetics, and social-political philosophy. His new blog is Apophenia.