I stumbled across this video this afternoon, and it got me thinking….
I’ve always found all normative ethical foundations to be lacking, from virtue ethics to deontology and consequentialism, each for its own reasons. Utilitarianism falls under consequentialism and is the foundation of much economic theory, the concept that people maximise this notion of pleasure. Aside from the other issues in utility theory, pleasure is not measurable.
But if emotions are also the result of social construction, what would be optimised if we could even maximise in the first place?
Emotions are not what we think they are.
Not really, but… This is a short video I
hacked pulled together the last couple days. I guess I need to focus on getting them shorter. It’s a commentary on the various flavours of normative ethics.
To be fair, the first 30 seconds is a snippet of a song I am working on and felt like sharing before it’s finished.
I am still reading, having just finished chapter 5 of Nozick‘s Anarchy, State, and Utopia, and I am still concerned that he invokes normative morality and the invisible hand (even ignoring the religious implications of this) as de facto premises and without justification. He eviscerates so much, parsing so much finely, and he hamfistedly adopts these concepts without pause or discussion.