I don't think I understand what a consciousness shift means. Sounds good though if it will mean a significant change in our culture. We have no morality. We think we do but in reality it's just fragmented parts of what was previously a functional system. We have the language of morality without the teleological beliefs that made it work from the beginning of human civilisation until the reformation. And people actually celebrated the so-called "freedom from superstition" so this disaster was covered up in history and it's only recently that some philosophers have begun to piece the puzzle together.
This idea is pioneered in Alasdair MacIntyre's "After Virtue" which is considered the most important book in philosophy of the last 30 years. It's not easy reading but check it out if you're interested. His conclusion is that Thomas Aquinas' interpretation of Aristotle's ethics is the high point in human efforts to uncover an objective morality- called Thomism.
Last edited by Plato; 03-22-2008 at 09:10 AM.