jryan Posted April 15, 2010 Share Posted April 15, 2010 I have a quick question that I think may lead to an interesting discussion. As the title sayd, it is the connection between atheism, moral relativism and hypocrisy. First, I wonder with it is possible to be morally hypocritical as a moral relativist. I would argue it is not since morality is relative, a person need only have an explanation for their personal contradiction and internally they are again morally sound. Second, I wonder what effect atheism has on moral relativism and individual moral course corrections. I realize that the first most obvious discussion would lead toward humanism, which is a secular moral philosophy. But I do wonder how much sway Humanism actually has anymore with atheists in general. I have seen a drift in atheism away from Humanism and towards Environmentalism (as a philosophy of Environmental needs superseding Humanity's needs). So I guess the set of questions would be: 1) As an atheist do you see a higher moral authority than yourself? 2) If no, how do you regulate your own moral compass? Also, do you think it is possible for you to be hypocritical? 3) Do you lean towards Humanism or Environmentalism? Do you have examples for when you would choose Humanist goals and when you would choose the environment? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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