Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a more."

( biological code { *? ) moral code }

As biological beings, there is a lot biology, neuroscience, evolutionary theory, etc. tells us about our biological code. But humans are creators of moral code, and this comes from everything from analytic philosophy to the arts. There is something in the overlap of the two codes, some we know (*), and some we don't (?).

Chimps may have something like a "hard-wired" moral code, but they are not creators of new codes as humans are (as far as I know, but maybe some primatologists say they are). Species of the genus Homo, except for ours, are extinct, so we don't know a lot about them.

Related: Formal Philosophy? A Plea for Pluralism. Here Susan Haack (professor of philosophy and law at the University of Miami) gives her perspective on the "proper role of philosophy in relation to other disciplines" and says "It also falls to philosophy -- and this is my third theme -- to inquire into the relations among other disciplines, or other fields of human endeavor."

The title quote comes from Steve Gimbel of Philosophers' Playground.