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Ennui wrote

I'm not gonna talk about the election, but I will use this opportunity to drop some philosophy I've been bullshitting into existence.

I like the idea of using agent-based psychology to achieve certain effects of morality within an amoral framework, simultaneously pushing it all under the banner of critical-self theory (or at least revised egoism). About a year ago, I wrote an essay on the nature of consent and shared it with some people. While I'm sure it suffers from some major flaw, it more or less accomplished the above.

Now though, I'm wondering how I might reframe virtue ethics within the context of my revised critical-self theory. Normal virtue ethics focuses on individual character, but the values are generally relative to the social context. A critical-self theory of virtue ethics has to have values that stem directly from individuals' immediate perceptions. Attending a lecture from my Uni gave me the idea to use epistemic vice in my theory since it can be construed in terms of a disservice to oneself, rather like self-deception.

Hence, I think that my next unpublished essay is going to be "A Critical-Self Theory of Epistemic Vice: Teaching Critical Social Justice to Egoists through Transvaluation." I might have to revise my earlier essay first, though, since I've learned some since then.