Ethical Theory - Factual Statement: Statement that can only...

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Factual Statement: Statement that can only be known by observation Logic: Rules of reasonable thought Definition: words that capture the essence of a concept Deduction: process of applying logical principles to extend our knowledge. Logic and Ethical Theory 1. Recipe for an Ethical Theory          Ethics within Philosophy is limited to facts logic, and definition.   Ideally, a philosopher is able to prove her theory is true and reasonable  based on accurate definitions and verifiable facts.  Once these  definitions and facts have been established, a philosopher can develop  her theory through a process of deduction, that is by showing what  logically follows from the definitions and facts.  She can then apply her  theory to controversial moral issues. define concepts observe facts Ingredients
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                                                                       logical deduction Bake Well                                                                                                                 theory Cake                                            application Eat Cake
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2. Philosophical Etiquette          It is not enough to prove that your own theory is true and reasonable.  Other philosophers will  have their theories and, no doubt, there will be disagreement.  Therefore, you must also show where  and how other philosophers went wrong.          A true philosopher is in pursuit of truth.  Therefore, we don't get angry when other philosophers  attempt to prove our theories are wrong.  If I have made a mistake then you are doing me a great favor  by pointing out the error of my ways.  If you refute a theory I've been working on for years, a theory  I've staked my career on, then I should embrace and thank you rather than be devastated and angry. Thanks so much! How could I have been such a fool? So you see, all your theories are false.
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3. Bad Philosophy          With the possible exception of you and I, people usually do not have logical reasons for what  they believe.  This is especially true for philosophical questions.  Here are some examples of how not to  arrive at a belief.  We call them fallacies. Musical Fallacies 1.       Ad populum:  everyone else seems to like rock music, it must be good. 2.       Tradition:  People have loved Bach for hundreds of years, it must be good.
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