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    Default What do you think about the is ought problem?

    The is ought problem was formulated by David Hume, according to this problem, we cannot get what should be, what "ought" to be(in other words, morals and ethics) from what "is", factual knowledge. This possibly means any kind of moral system is completely arbitrary because there is no factual basis for the way one option "ought" to be over any other option. Hume is saying morality and ethics are not propositions, for example, say killing is consider wrong, there's no way that it could be considered true that killing is wrong.

    Of course there are objections to Hume's line of reasoning but do you think about this, do you think this philosophical problem can ever be solved, is moral nihilism the answer or can other meta-ethical ideas be preserved?
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    I agree with Hume and am a meta-ethical anti-realist and non-cognitivist.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicodemus View Post
    I agree with Hume and am a meta-ethical anti-realist and non-cognitivist.
    The problem potentially undermines itself if you apply the problem to itself, kind of like epistemological nihilism which denies knowledge of any kind yet asserts it has knowledge of this.
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    I am also an epistemological pragmatist: I hold as true that which is most convincing to me.

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