February 4 - Butler says everything in the world is natural...

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2/4/2008 Butler says: everything in the world is natural, nothing is unnatural (even ghosts). 2 meanings of natural: Nsub1= Naturally means: occurs in nature, has some kind of a cost, can be found and taken care of, can be replicated (doesn’t have to be all of these). Something available to people that happens in the course of nature (visitation of ghosts happens in the course of nature) Nsub2= Sets up what’s right and wrong, what’s appropriate and inappropriate. Used to level a moral challenge, such as homosexuality, something often referred to as “unnatural”. Moral standard that, according to Butler, we can access by intuition. Intuition = immediate and certain knowledge Butler’s entire philosophy is built on intuition. We can identify people whose intuitions are twisted. What’s necessary: a properly-built human and properly-running human society. Sense of what’s right and wrong= pangs of conscience. Intuition works as long as:
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course PHIL 105 taught by Professor Lachs during the Spring '08 term at Vanderbilt.

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