The Is-Ought Gap
Q&A Radio: 7 April 2013, Question 2
I answered a question on the is-ought gap on 7 April 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast of just this question below – or check out the whole episode of Philosophy in Action Radio.
What is the solution to the is-ought problem? David Hume famously claimed that statements about what ought to be cannot be derived from statements about what is the case. Does that mean that ethics is impossible? Can the gap be bridged, and if so, how?
My Answer, In Brief: The is-ought problem was solved by Ayn Rand's identification of life as a person's ultimate goal: the facts have normative implications when combined with goals.
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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell. I'm a philosopher specializing in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I received my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. My book, Responsibility & Luck: A Defense of Praise and Blame, is available for purchase in paperback and Kindle. The book defends the justice of moral praise and blame of persons using an Aristotelian theory of moral responsibility, thereby refuting Thomas Nagel's "problem of moral luck."
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