Why Be Moral?

Sunday, January 18, 2015
First Aired: 
Sunday, September 16, 2012

What is it

Morality tells us how we ought to behave, if we want to do the right thing. But is there a reason why we ought to be moral in the first place? Both Plato and Kant believed that morality is dictated by reason and so a fully rational person is automatically a moral person too. But how can we derive morality from reason? Isn’t it possible to be a rational but amoral or even immoral person? John and Ken walk the line with James Sterba from the University of Notre Dame, author of From Rationality to Equality. 

 
 

James Sterba, Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame

 
 
 

Bonus Content

 

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MUSIC: The Plāto'nes, All Men Are Liars

 

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