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Taking It Home, Workshop 2: Unchanging Truths

In "What We Choose: Ethics for Unitarian Universalists," a Tapestry of Faith program

Two things awe me most, the starry sky above me and the moral law within me. — Immanuel Kant

Before the next workshop, pay attention to statements made by family, friends, acquaintances, or public figures that express a universal, unchanging moral truth(s), from their point of view. Consider these questions:

  • Who is saying this?
  • What are the circumstances?
  • What are they claiming as a source for this truth?
  • On what source of authority does their truth claim rely—the self, the community, God, or some other source?

Notice if you make any ethical statements that could be considered Kantian. Under what circumstances? What do you believe is the source of authority for the truth you claim?

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Last updated on Thursday, January 19, 2012.

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