Posts Tagged ‘subjectivism’

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.

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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