Ariadne's Thread:

Experiments in Critical Thinking


According to myth, Ariadne gave Theseus a thread with which to find his way out of the Labyrinth. If our Labyrinth is made up of political rhetoric, brute assertions, and sound bites, then we too must find a thread.

Ariadne's Thread is concerned with arguments related to politically significant ethical issues like abortion. The arguments are mainly ethical rather than legal or political. The purpose of this site is not to promote any particular answer to any particular question. It is rather to help each of us to critically analyze, to practice a kind of moral reasoning, and to develop reasoned views of our own. This is one place to pick up the thread.

'Activity' on this site consists in following a trail or 'thread' of arguments, answering questions, replying to objections, and thinking about the concepts and the logic of what is 'said.'

CURRENT TOPICS

Abortion: Rights and Wrongs
Affirmative Action
Hate Speech
Ethical Relativism
Justice
Property: A Short Dialogue
(Unfinished Draft material)

For now, the site will concentrate on secular arguments using standard methods from moral philosophy. In part, I have done this because secular arguments are the common language of public argument in the United States. Ideally, however, I would like Ariadne to include other approaches to moral argument so that the site reflects our culture more accurately.



Your ideas are welcome. Anyone using this site can send their reactions to Ariadne by email. You can also submit arguments and counter-arguments (or comments on existing arguments) for inclusion in the text. If you do submit an argument or comment, please suggest where you think it would best fit into the existing text. All submissions will be reviewed. If accepted, the name of the author will be acknowledged in the text.


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