Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality

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Kai Nielsen, an atheist philosopher who attempts to defend the viability of ethics without God, in the end admits:

We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view, or that all really rational persons, unhoodwinked by myth or ideology, need not be individual egoists or classical amoralists. Reason doesn’t decide here. The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me . . . .

Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.

Kai Nielsen, “Why Should I Be Moral?” American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (1984): 90.

Objective morals are those morals that are based outside of yourself. Subjective morals are those that depend on you, your situation, your culture, and your preferences. Subjective morals change, can become contradictory, and might differ from person to person. This is the…

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