Life as the Origin and Basis of Morality -- Part 1 of 2 -- Video
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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G. Stolyarov II is an actuary, science fiction novelist, independent philosophical essayist, poet, amateur mathematician, composer, contributor to Enter Stage Right, Le Quebecois Libre, Rebirth of Reason, and the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Senior Writer for The Liberal Institute, former weekly columnist for GrasstopsUSA.com, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rational Argumentator, a magazine championing the principles of reason, rights, and progress. Mr. Stolyarov also publishes his articles on Helium.com and Associated Content to assist the spread of rational ideas. He holds the highest Clout Level (10) possible on Associated Content and is one of Associated Content's Page View Millionaires. Mr. Stolyarov has also written a science fiction novel, Eden against the Colossus, a non-fiction treatise, A Rational Cosmology, and a play, Implied Consent. You can watch his YouTube Videos. Mr. Stolyarov can be contacted at email@example.com.
Learn about Mr. Stolyarov's novel, Eden against the Colossus, here.