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p. 714. Humanism and moralitylocked

  • Stephen Law

Abstract

Humanists deal with moral questions about what we ought or ought not to do. Ethics features highly in humanism. When considering morality, religious people ask the following questions: how can there be good without God? How can we know what is good without God to guide us? Can we be good without belief in God? ‘Humanism and morality’ analyses these three questions and explains what morality means to humanists. A charge made against humanism is that of moral relativism. If there is a God, then things can only be morally right or wrong because we say so. Humanist morality is focused on humans and supposes that non-natural facts include objective moral facts.

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