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Is There An Objective Morality?

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The U.S. introduced a nationwide ban on alcohol in 1920 with the Eighteenth Amendment, and repealed the ban 13 years later with the passage of the Twenty-first Amendment.  Much has been made about prohibitions against representations of the Prophet Muhammed in Wahabbist Islam, but there exist numerous examples of Islamic art from the past which freely contain such representations. Furthermore, the history of Christianity is itself replete with examples of people like John Calvin, who not only banned representations of God, but dancing as well, and was not a fan of music.Extreme disagreements over what people consider morally permissible exist, yet despite all the recognised historical variation in conceptions of morality, people generally hold their moral beliefs to be correct. Stepping back and taking an anthropological point of view, we seem to be wired to have the capacity for morality, while allowing for variability in what is understood to be moral. What’s going on?  Is it the cas...

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