Oh more people have commented on this thread that I long forgot about. Yay!
Thank youAnyway, good job! You've captured many sentiments that i can relate to. There are some that I would disagree with you on though, but you're probably just more hardcore than I am ^^.
I have taken a few philosophy courses, and I have also done some studying on the great philosophers (although I should get around to doing more studing ). I've tried reading Kant before . . . I'll get around to finish reading his books eventually.Have you ever taken philosophy classes? Meta-ethics, Kant vs Hume etc. it sounds like you would love it, although Kant is ten kinds of difficult to read.
I really sound like a deontologist? Strange, I always considered myself more of a virtue ethicist (somwhat anyway), but anyway Thanks However I should mention that I am an ethical particularist (metaphyically speaking I'm actually an ethical anti-realist whom takes an emotivist aspect to ethics), which I suppose could be by categorical imperative in a certain sense, but otherwise I'm usually willing to sometimes let ends justify certain means, depending on certain circumstances anyway.You sound like a deontologist which is how I lean. Although only at its most basic level of "do unto others", some people get nit-picky with the details of willing or not willing harm, just taking it too literally. But utilitarianism should be used as a back-up plan, or for less serious moral dilemmas like laughing at someone's occasional suffering