Philosopher A.C. Grayling: The ‘Golden Rule’ ignores diversity

By Eric W. Dolan
Sunday, September 18, 2011 10:25 EDT
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British philosopher and public intellectual A.C. Grayling claimed at the Sydney Writers’ Festival that the biblical Golden Rule — one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself — is not always a good standard for morality, because it ignores differences between people.

“But you have to remember, people’s tastes differ, people’s interest’s differ, and if you make yourself the benchmark, the standard, of how everybody else should be treated then that’s a very distorting view,” he said.

Grayling is author of The Good Book: A Humanist Bible, a recently-published secular alternative to religious texts.

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Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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