Archive for the ‘subjectivism’ Category

The Poison of Subjectivism

June 12, 2013

If “good” means only the local ideology, how can those who invent the local ideology be guided by any idea of good themselves? The very idea of freedom presupposes some objective moral law which overarches rulers and ruled alike. Subjectivism about values is eternally incompatible with democracy. We and our rulers are of one kind only so long as we are subject to one law. But if there is no Law of Nature, the ethos of any society is the creation of its rulers, educators and conditioners; and every creator stands above and outside his creation.

Unless we return to the crude and nursery-like belief in objective values, we perish. If we do, we may live, and such a return might have one minor advantage. If we believed in the absolute reality of elementary moral platitudes, we should value those who solicit our votes by other standards than have recently been in fashion. While we believe that good is something to be invented, we demand of our rulers such qualities as “vision,” “dynamism,” “creativity,” and the like. If we returned to the objective view we should demand qualities much rarer, and much more beneficial – virtue, knowledge, diligence and skill.

The Poison of Subjectivism, C.S. Lewis

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Offence is in the eye of the beholder

March 29, 2013

“a racist incident” should be defined as “any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any other person”

Macpherson report into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.

This is so all encompassing as to be absurd. It is subjectivism to the hilt. If ‘any’ person perceives ‘any incident’ to be racist then it is racist. If a white man says he doesn’t like black coffee and anyone in his hearing takes offence, can the white man prove he is not a racist. There is practically a presumption of guilt against those charged with racism.

Truth…could not be stated in propositional terms, but was whispered in the heart by the Spirit of Christ, source of that inward light dwelling in every man

December 3, 2009

(George Fox, founder of the Quakers, had unorthodox views)

Truth…could not be stated in propositional terms, but was whispered in the heart by the Spirit of Christ, source of that inward light dwelling in every man. Fox denied that the Scriptures were the final and revealed truth of God – his own message was a direct revelation from God.

Faith Cook, Fearless Pilgrim: The Life and Times of John Bunyan, Evangelical Press 2008, p.126

He sounds like an emergent.

knowledge is a different department of life from religion

October 29, 2009

knowledge is a different department of life from religion

Schleiermacher

The feelings are exclusively the elements of religion and none are excluded.

Schleiermacher

 

We do not lay the main stress of our religion on any opinions right or wrong. Orthodoxy is at best but a very slender part of religion if it can be allowed to be any part of it at all.

John Wesley, From: Plain Account of the People Called Methodists

 

And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true; and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost.

Moroni 10:4

Ideas have Consequences: Anti-Semitism

August 24, 2009

Should the Jew, with the aid of his Marxist creed, triumph over the people of this world, his Crown will be the funeral wreath of mankind, and this planet will once again follow its orbit through ether, without any human life on its surface, as it did millions of years ago. And so I believe to-day that my conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.

Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf

1. But the Jewish people, each made in the image of God, are ‘the handiwork of the Lord’

2. His belief in the will of God contradicts God’s revealed will to ‘love your neighbour’. This is the worst case scenario of where subjectivism takes you.

3. Ideas have consequences.

Ethical Subjectivism

August 5, 2009

…. it is impossible to find a criterion for determining the validity of ethical judgements….because they have no objective validity….They are pure expressions of feeling and as such do not come under the category of truth and falsehood...There is nothing right or wrong about Ethical Language. It is just an expression of our emotion.

AYER, A J ,1910-1988
Language Truth and Logic
(1934)
(p.108)

This philosophical theory is also called emotivism because ethics is a mere expression of our (subjective, emotional) preferences. They do not, indeed cannot, refer to anything objective in the world.

Ayer represents (in 1934 at least) the continuation of the failure of British empricism to derive an ‘ought from is‘ – a challenge Hume had laid down and remains, for the empiricist at least, unanswerable.

Hume himself had said, ‘morality is determined by sentiment’ (Enquiry Concerning Principles of Morals)

Anarchy and Subjectivism

July 14, 2009

With subjectivism in philosophy, anarchism in politics goes hand in hand.

History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell, 2004, p.8