What are Examples of Naturalistic Fallacy?
Need examples of Naturalistic Fallacy. Basically it means that something that is natural is good.
- DzhonLv 59 years agoFavorite Answer
"Naturalistic fallacy" refers to the claim that what is natural is inherently good or right, that what is unnatural is bad or wrong, and trying to derive conclusions about what is right, good, or wrong from statements of fact alone.
Apples are good to eat (meaning they are delicious or have nutritional value).
Therefore people who eat apples are better people (meaning more ethical).
Natural selection works because the weak/stupid/disabled die and the rest survive to reproduce.
Therefore the weak/stupid/disabled should therefore be allowed to die or killed to keep the process going.
Naturalistic fallacy is invalid because no matter how many statements of fact you use, any logical inference from them will be another statement of fact.
- KathleenLv 44 years ago
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The above answerers certainly do cut and paste wikipedia articles well; but I doubt any of them know what the term means. You asked for an explanation in simple terms -- here goes... The Naturalistic fallacy is an attempt to derive a moral "ought" from an empirical "is." EXAMPLE: Poverty has always been with us, therefore we shouldn't do anything to help the poor. The "fact" of poverty (the "is"), is being used to justify the "ought" of doing nothing to alleviate poverty. And Moore argues this is bad thinking. Hope this helps.