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23 Post author: Eliezer_Yudkowsky 25 December 2008 02:26AM

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Comment author: Tim_Tyler 28 December 2008 10:44:11AM 0 points [-]

FWIW, Phil's point there seems to be perfectly reasonable - and not in need of correction: if a moral system tells you to do what you were going to do anyway, it isn't going to be doing much work.

Moral systems usually tell you not to do things that you would otherwise be inclined to do - on the grounds that they are bad. Common examples include taking things you want - and having sex.

Comment author: taryneast 07 June 2011 05:25:32PM 0 points [-]

I'd say that moral systems explain the deeper consequences of an action you may not have thought deeply about.