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000ike
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9/30/2011 4:29:40 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
Should the law uphold ANY subjective moral codes?

If the answer is YES
Then that means that society can restrict abortion, drugs, etc. all it wants.

If the answer is NO
Then that means that the law cannot protect personal liberties, because that is morality, and morality is subjective.

assuming all morality is subjective....If you believe that there is objective morality then on what basis do we decide which morals are objective?
"A stupid despot may constrain his slaves with iron chains; but a true politician binds them even more strongly with the chain of their own ideas" - Michel Foucault
PARADIGM_L0ST
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9/30/2011 5:09:08 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
assuming all morality is subjective....If you believe that there is objective morality then on what basis do we decide which morals are objective?:

Because of the utilitarian principle. They serve a practical purpose for humanity that is largely absent in the animal kingdom.
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OMGJustinBieber
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9/30/2011 6:12:07 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
You just assume that morality is subjective when you pose the question. Nor are ethical subjectivists moral nihilists as mentioned earlier. I guess the answer to your question, if posed to a subjectivist, would be "well, whatever you think, man."
Wnope
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9/30/2011 6:34:32 PM
Posted: 5 years ago
At 9/30/2011 4:29:40 PM, 000ike wrote:
Should the law uphold ANY subjective moral codes?

If the answer is YES
Then that means that society can restrict abortion, drugs, etc. all it wants.

If the answer is NO
Then that means that the law cannot protect personal liberties, because that is morality, and morality is subjective.

assuming all morality is subjective....If you believe that there is objective morality then on what basis do we decide which morals are objective?

What is an example of a law that has no reference to a moral code of some sort?

Building redistricting involves "moral" components of the law. ALL policy prescription has some form of "ought" in it or it isn't policy by definition.

So I'm more curious to hear about law where there is no upheld subjective code.