Engelhardt and the Content-Free (?) Principle of Permission
In seeking a means of addressing problems in modern secular society in such a way that has moral authority for all parties to a given issue, one might search first for a means to eliminate the grounds of conflict. If a theory can appeal to a source of moral authority which all persons must recognize, and that theory can resolve moral conflicts, then such a theory would provide rationally justified means of resolving morally problematic cases. It is a premise of this work that a thick set of moral claims cannot be so justified to all, but it might be possible to justify and defend a minimal set of claims so that at least some reasonable conclusions can be made and justified to all potential parties to a moral conflict. Such a “thin theory” would be a means to derive solutions to moral conflicts with secular moral authority.