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    Is/Ought Problem

    I didn't realize I posted this in a restricted forum, so I'll post it here.

    In many discussions about morality, David Hume's "Is/Ought Problem" is often invoked, especially when any secular moral framework is proposed.

    In short, "is" statements are descriptive (what IS the case), where "ought" statements are normative (what should or ought to be the case). Hume's argument is that you cannot derive what OUGHT to be the case by reference to what IS the case. Or, put another way, you cannot derive moral truths by reference to any facts.

    So, assuming there are objective moral truths, how do we derive moral truths in the absence of objective facts about the universe? Are objective moral truths a kind of fact? If so, what other facts support them? Are they self-evident facts i.e. simply brute facts of the universe?

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