As part of the thinking rationally series, this episode is about rational ethics. In the episode I provide a historical overview, focussing on the revolution in moral philosophy that happened during the Enlightenment. Although there was amazing progress during the Enlightenment, the contradictions of enlightenment thinkers eventually led them to lose their way on ethics and abandon a rational approach to morality. Understanding this background is helpful if you want to use rational thinking to make sense of ethics for yourself.
- TVL Episode 151 Your Own Moral Compass Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
- TED talk by Michael Huemer: The Progress of Liberalism
- Episode 227 Review Of The Better Angels Of Our Nature By Steven Pinker
- All Previous Episodes in the Thinking Rationally Series