Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Good Without God: Ethics for Freethinkers

What are humanist ethics? How do they differ from the religion-based variety? In the absence of a God, are there no absolutes? If there are, what are they? Or are all questions of ethics situational? If so, is that a bad thing? Do humanists believe in evil? And how should humanists move forward?

To answer these questions, the Secular Humanist Society of New York, New York Society for Ethical Culture, and Reasonable New York -- a consortium of rationalist groups that includes the Center for Inquiry-New York City -- presented a panel discussion on August 20, 2011, featuring:

* Michael De Dora, Executive Director, CFI-New York City
* Massimo Pigliucci, Chair, Philosophy Department at Lehman College
* Anne Klaeysen, Leader, New York Society for Ethical Culture
* Roy Speckardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association
* John Rafferty, President, Secular Humanist Society of NY (moderator)

This is the full video, including the panel discussion and audience question-and-answer session.

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