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Mid: Secular Morality – Scott ForschlerDate:
January 21, 2010
Michigan State University
220 Trowbridge Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824 United States
Dr. Forschler will argue that all sound moral beliefs have a completely secular basis: the principle of consistency or non-contradiction in evaluative judgment. Or to put it more simply: the golden rule. Conscience–our capacity to recognize the validity of this principle–is a by-product of evolutionarily-successful traits our ancestors acquired, although morality itself does not directly or necessarily contribute to evolutionary success. Religious morality, on the other hand, is at best borrowed without attribution from this secular source, and at worst is a source of harmful and immoral self-deception which tempts us away from true morality.
Students from other area campuses are invited to attend.
About Scott Forschler, PhD
Scott Forschler has a PhD in philosophy from the University of Minnesota; his research area is the foundations of ethics. He has published several articles on ethical theory and presented papers at national and international conferences. He currently teaches at St. Cloud Technical and Community College.