Life as the Origin and Basis of Morality -- Part 1 of 2 -- Video

G. Stolyarov II
 
Issue CLXXI - August 23, 2008
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In this first installment in a two-part video series, Mr. Stolyarov discusses how one might rationally arrive at an ethical system. He shows why a system of ethics based on divine (or human) command is arbitrary and inadequate. Then he goes on to demonstrate that there are necessary prerequisites to an ethical system – namely, the life, volitional faculty, and rationality of those who espouse it. Just as no system can be used to disprove or deny the axioms on which it is founded, neither can an ethical system be used to deny or subvert the values of life, volition, and rationality. Rather, it ought to take the furtherance of these values as its starting point.

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Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's comprehensive treatise, A Rational Cosmology, explicating such terms as the universe, matter, space, time, sound, light, life, consciousness, and volition, here.

Read Mr. Stolyarov's four-act play, Implied Consent, a futuristic intellectual drama on the sanctity of human life, here.