Important Update: This ebook is obsolete and no longer reflects my views. The most up-to-date and accurate presentation of these ideas is now available here.
When it comes to moral systems, atheists are are “all over the map.” An atheist can be an emotivist, a quasi-realist, a universal prescriptivist, an error theorist, a relativist, a naturalist, a non-naturalist, a deep ecologist, an egoist, an Objectivist, an atheistic Jain or Buddhist, a situational ethicist, a deontologist, a virtue ethicist, an extropist, an ideal observer theorist, a happiness utilitarian, a preference utilitarian, a humanist, etc.
Atheists are very confused about morality.
I’m very confused about morality, too. No system is clearly more correct than all the others, at least not yet. Our methods for measuring what materials and forces exist in the universe are much better developed than our methods for measuring moral values. Finding and explaining morality is very difficult, especially when “Goddidit” is not considered a useful answer.
But I have found one moral theory that seems to me to describe moral values that really exist. I’m not sure about this theory, but it is very promising. I keep looking and I just can’t find what’s wrong with it, whereas it’s easy for me to find genuine problems with the other moral theories I’ve encountered.
I’d like to share this moral theory with you.
Instead of doing a series of posts, I wrote a very short ebook about it (43 mini-pages). The book starts out as a plain talk introduction to “meta-ethics.” I compare all the major moral theories and explain why they fail so badly. Then I introduce the moral theory that so intrigues me, and explain why I think it succeeds.
I even made a video that can serve as the trailer for this book. Watch it here.
So here it is, my free ebook/audiobook on morality:
43-page .pdf ebook (5.2mb)
57-minute .mp3 audiobook (9.8mb)
If you have questions or objections to the ideas in the book, they are probably answered on this page. But the book itself is the best introduction to its ideas.