If ethics is about objective facts, can it be done by the modern scientific method?

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  • Morality is not a science

    Three modern philosophers; Descartes, Hume and Mill all had respect for science and attempted to do philosophy in a more scientific way, ethics included. Descartes never got around to it, Hume had given up and simply narrowed ethics down to subjective feelings and John Stuart Mill had narrowed morality down to pure pragmatism (utilitarianism). The utilitarian theory has several problems; it thinks only of the quantity of happiness and not of justice or rights, it claims to know the future (its principles could justify anything if you think it leads to greater happiness) and it lacks the whole ethical dimension, utilitarianism reduces moral values to facts.

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