Ed Driscoll

Moral Absolutism Versus "I Don't Know"

Michael Goldfarb writes:

Tonight President Obama said he was “absolutely convinced” that he had made the right decision in putting an end to the use of the harsh interrogation techniques employed by the Bush administration. After eight years of President Bush, it certainly is refreshing to have a leader who doesn’t let himself become entangled by complexity and nuance but instead has absolute certainty in the righteousness of his own decisions.

Indeed — for an interesting contrast, check out this article by Libby Sternberg on moral absolutism versus “I don’t know”, from immediately after the election of 2004.