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Re: [Fsuk-manchester] the non-free neighbour asking for help dilemma

From: Noah Slater
Subject: Re: [Fsuk-manchester] the non-free neighbour asking for help dilemma
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 21:14:03 +0100
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.17+20080114 (2008-01-14)

On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 08:59:13PM +0200, Dave Crossland wrote:
> > It is entirely possible, and indeed probable, that he has different morals.
> Of course, anything I say is my view, obviously. But the subject under
> discussion here is what is right and wrong, not what my opinions are,
> nor what his opinions are.

Discussion of right and wrong is a discussion of opinion and when it is
presented in a way that ignores this fact, it should be addressed.

> >> Choosing proprietary software is morally bad.
> >
> > Again, you can only speak about your local value system, not other's.
> You appear to be rejecting the universality of morality, rather than refuting
> what I've said.

That's EXACTLY what I am doing. You appear to be supporting a view of moral
absolutism, a view that is extremely damaging to any ethical debate.

> If you think you know why choosing proprietary software is morally good,
> please let me and the list know your reasoning :-)

Please stop using the clumsy phrase "morally good".

I wasn't actually arguing either way, I was trying to point out your absolutism
with a hope of demonstrating that it is a flawed world view.

Noah Slater - Bytesexual <http://bytesexual.org/>

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