Justifying Moral Values Think about your most firmly held moral values. Now imagine that you have to justify them to
“History does not repeat, but it does instruct.” That’s Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s message in his new book On Tyranny:
Everyone is capable of committing unethical actions without even realizing what they are doing is unethical.
Hannah Arendt was a mid-century German thinker that witnessed humanity at its worst. As a consequence, her writings carry a
Eighteenth century philosopher David Hume famously argued that inferences in which what we ought morally to do are derived from non-moral states of affairs are logically flawed. You cannot, according to Hume, derive an “ought” from an “is,” at least without a supporting “ought” premise.
Any philosophical answer you seek can be found in the writings of Fredriech Nietzsche. Many accuse him of a deep
Virtually all non-psychopaths think murder is morally wrong. But what makes it so? Is the wrongness an objective fact, one