Kai Nielsen on Atheism and Morality
“We have not been able to show that reason requires the moral point of view, or that all really rational persons should not be individual egoists or classical amoralists. Reason doesn’t decide here. The picture I have painted for you is not a pleasant one. Reflection on it depresses me… Pure practical reason, even with a good knowledge of the facts, will not take you to morality.”1
- Kai Nielsen (1926 – Present)
*Kai Nielsen, a prominent atheistic ethicist, is a leading advocate of contemporary atheism who serves as an adjunct professor of philosophy at Concordia University in Montreal and professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Calgary. His areas of specialization include metaphilosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy.2
1 Kai Nielsen, “Why Should I Be Moral?” American Philosophical Quarterly 21 (1984), p. 90.
2 “Kai Nielsen,” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia (4 October 2009), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kai_Nielsen.