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What questions does morality address?

Posted by c. wagner on November 10, 2009

I’ve been mulling these thoughts over since I ran across them a couple of days ago.

Questions of morality are questions about happiness and suffering. This is why you and I do not have moral obligations toward rocks. To the degree that our actions can affect the experience of other creatures positively or negatively, questions of morality apply. [page 8]

We might also wonder, in passing, which is more moral: helping people purely out of concern for their suffering, or helping them because you think the creator of the universe will reward you for it? [page 34]

Back to contemplation.

(Both quotes from Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation.)

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