The is/ought problem: is it determined by ‘ought’ as descriptive (that ought to be enough sugar) or prescriptive (you ought to do as I say)?


*is it RESOLVED, I should say

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    That's not the is/ought problem. The problem is one of ethical concern. Ought we do something, or IS it necessary to do something?. Your distinction of the usage of Ought is good, but it doesn't resolve anything (ethically).

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  • 2 months ago

    as ought (should) can only be (abide in the truth).  if ought (or what we should do) isn’t (according to the truth), then that is actually, ought not (what we shouldn’t do).  Thus, we need the truth to even know what we ought.  interesting question!

    Source(s): “For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth.“ (2 Corinthians 13:8)
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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    It is determined according to whether any explanation is given or not, and that requires context. Picking independent statements out of the blue such as you have offers no context in which an explanation (whether explicit or implicit) might reside. 

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