Tuesday, July 15
Marie I. George
My thesis is that one of the principal problems with ethics today is not that it is without God, but that it is without a proper understanding of nature. Whence my choice of examining the Neo-Darwinians and Aristotle. The Neo-Darwinians bring to their moral theory certain conceptions about nature and they are on the whole explicitly atheist or agnostic. I will argue that their concept of nature is faulty, and that it is this, rather than their atheism per se, that poses an obstacle to their arriving at ethical truths. I will contrast their view of nature with that of Aristotle, and go on from there to make a case that it is Aristotle's understanding of nature, and not his theism, that allows him to get a sound ethics off the ground. At the same time I acknowledge that formulating a science of ethics using reason alone is a rather iffy enterprise, and one that is greatly assisted by Divine Revelation.