Saturday, November 14, 2009
What makes 'confidence schemes' ethically problematic for ethically sensitive persons?
Cruelty to persons around the world and throughout natural history is pretty awful.
Aesthetically, that makes ANY kind of metaphysical confidence pretty darn difficult for us mere mortals.
Even if some observable PROGRESS - moral progress, not merely technical improvements in methods and mechanisms - devices and dynamics - could be evident, the needless suffering and victimization make 'lipservice' to prior conceptualizations seem pretty unethical to sensitive folks like us.
But then, who really knows?