(un)common ground

a commonplace book

Notes on Interchangeability of Perspective in Morality

[T]he interchangeability of perspectives keeps reappearing in history’s best-thought-through moral philosophies, including the Golden Rule (itself discovered many times); Spinoza’s Viewpoint of Eternity; the Social Contract of Hobbes, Rousseau and Locke; Kant’s Categorical Imperative; and Rawls’s Veil of Ignorance.

Steven Pinker, “The Moral Instinct,” NYT, January 13, 2008



The article argues for the persistence of some abstract, persistent ethical standard given an evolutionary, biological explanation of human development and of the apparently psychologically reducible “moral instinct.”


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