Absolute irrationality

Considering the effects of relativistic irrationality one wonders if there is a universally applicable utility function that can not be rationally objected to. Consider axiom 1.2.3.2 that I base my concept of morality on:

1.2.3.2 To exist is preferable over not to exist

Objecting to this statement would consequently be equivalent to self annihilation. Reformulating axiom 1.2.3.2 into a utility function one could formulate an unobjectionable utility function as following:

Ensure continued co-existence

Not only can an individual not rationally object to that but no one in a group can rationally object to an individual having said goal. The individual can not because it would imply the desire for self annihilation and the others can not because it would imply the desire for being annihilated. Any objection to the above utility function can thus be considered irrational.

3 Comments »

  1. Jame5 » Resolving moral paradoxes said,

    November 14, 2007 @ 12:29 am

    […] « Absolute irrationality 14 11 2007 […]

  2. Rational Morality » Rational spirituality said,

    November 12, 2009 @ 1:09 am

    […] Understanding that the desire to exist derived from evolutionary dynamics has to be expanded to want to ensure continued co-existence so one can want it to be a universal law in line Kant’s … is a first step. As a consequence what one does to others becomes equivalent to what one does to […]

  3. Rational Morality » The Bible read with Evolutionary Eyes said,

    August 14, 2013 @ 9:55 pm

    […] while whatever course of action leads to death, destruction and extinction is ‘bad’. Extending the desire for continued existence to the other in general, yields a utility function that when objected to by any agent leads to the opposing […]

RSS feed for comments on this post · TrackBack URI

Leave a Comment

view post