I’m working on another post with details about foundational moral instincts, but after some discussion on the ‘Morality arises from instincts‘ post, I realized that I failed to make a couple of things clear. So, I’m inserting this additional post to do that.
First, let me clarify that, in these posts, I’m being descriptive, not normative, not prescriptive. That is, I’m not discussing how I want things to be, but attempting to describe how things are. (At least according to mainstream evolutionary psychology.)
If I were to be prescriptive, it would be to recommend virtue ethics, that is, the philosophy of developing habits and qualities (virtues) that promote the good life, while avoiding or minimizing those habits and qualities (vices) that hinder it. I like virtue ethics because it takes into account human nature, and makes no bones about being geared for the betterment of the adherent.
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