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Speech and Immorality

Speech is naturally used to communicate to other people. But not all communications to other people are valuable. Some kinds of speech are wrong by their very nature. There are five ways that speech may go wrong: by lying, deception, gossip, harm and rash promises. One of the ways in which speech may go wrong is by lying. Lying is deliberately telling something that we believe to be false. Since s...

Happiness and Moral Perfection

In my last post, I showed that only intrinsically good acts are compatible with perfect happiness. Since perfect happiness requires that we pursue what is intrinsically good, it is natural to ask whether or not it requires moral perfection. Perfect happiness does not actually require moral perfection, but immoral acts will guarantee the lose of happiness at some point in the future. Consider a sin...

Intellectual Error, Self-Deception and Willful Ignorance

In a previous post I said that I would distinguish between intellectual error, self-deception and willful ignorance. These are to be distinguished in the context of evil actions. Some acts are evil, but the person mistakes what they do as something right. Sometimes they are willfully ignorant of the wrong they are doing. Finally, some deceive themselves about the wrong they are doing. These three ...