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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Metaethical, neo-Humean limerick

While I'm getting around to a longer, time-consuming post, I'll dig out my famous metaethical, neo-Humean, hypothetical-imperative-explaining limerick:

Though an “is” alone won’t give support
To a value, a norm, or an “ought”,
If you mix on the fire
Both belief and desire,
You’ll get thought of an “ought” of a sort.


GTChristie said...

Laffing Out Loud. That is beautiful.

Richard Wein said...

Very good!

Christian Munthe said...

Very nice :-) Been teaching a course on the Treatise focusing on moral philosophy several years. I'll be sure to include this one in the course material next time!

Barcs said...

Yeah.... I kind of get it. It reminds me of this intel commercial.

DM said...


you are going to learn even to TALK about GOD the way you do is going to cost you your lives...

the writing on the wall...

f*ck you very much!


see, you degenerates have last names like first names...


how about I believe in WHATEVER I want - even in the FLYING SPAGHETTI MONSTER! - and you have nothing to say!

let me show you the end results of this particular *ONE-DIMENSIONAL SCIENTIFIC MODE*
of thinking that is called *CRITICAL THINKING*, which is completely divorced from
any human objectives...

this style has been perfected by dawkins, pz, randi and the other *NEW ATHEISTS*

see how we take a term and convert it into its AUTHENTIC POLITICAL DIMENSION - THAT
OF LIBERATION - not just merely harmless expression...



GTChristie said...

Speaking of tone ... DM sure has one. I wonder if he read the limerick first. LOL.

You can (kind of) tell who is familiar with the history of the is/ought problem by how much they appreciate this clever bit of doggerel. The more you know, the harder you laugh.

Since DM didn't laff at all ... ummm ...