Re: [SystemSafety] Another unbelievable failure (file system overflow)

From: Peter Bernard Ladkin < >
Date: Sun, 07 Jun 2015 07:16:43 +0200


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On 2015-06-06 13:08 , Chris Hills wrote:
> I stand by what I said. There are no moral or ethical absolutes.
>
> You yourself said in closing: ”Morals don't change over time. They evolve through time”

I take it Chris hadn't seen or read my post earlier on Saturday. I said I didn't want to engage in discussion of general ethics, but it's hard not to refrain if such discussion is proceeding.

So here is another take.

Chris concedes:
> ethics, like morality are not fixed and change over time and culture.

So, relative to time T, say 1612, and culture C, the target audience of the King James Bible, let O be a moral obligation, say "thou shalt not kill".

Consider the obligation O.1: At T and in C, O.

Then O.1 is a moral obligation that is not dependent on time or culture, i.e., "absolute".

This transformation is general. It follows from "there are no non-relative (absolute) moral obligations" that "there are no definitely-relative moral obligations", that is, moral obligations whose relativisation can be specified. Many would hold that if you can't specify when a moral obligation holds then what you are considering can't be a moral obligation. If you are one of these people, and you hold there are no absolute moral obligations, it follows you hold that there are no moral obligations whatsoever.

PBL Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Faculty of Technology, University of Bielefeld, 33594 Bielefeld, Germany Je suis Charlie
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