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July 31st, 2005

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10:32 pm - Week 4: Agree & Disagree
To earn 10 points of credit for Intro to Moral Issues, please respond to the question below. Your response needs to be 150 - 200 words. Make sure to include your name in your subject line.

Name one thing that Caputo discusses in _Against Ethics_ that you agree with, and explain why. Also, name one thing that Caputo discusses that you disagree with, and explain why. Note: You may agree and disagree with different aspects of the same point.

To earn another 10 points of credit, please respond to any comment your classmates posted to this topic. Your response needs to be 75 - 100 words. Make sure to include your name in your subject line.

Due Thursday, 8/4

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Date:August 2nd, 2005 06:35 pm (UTC)

Ben Jordan

I agree with Caputo when he discusses how obligations come to him. I believe that we do not have control over what we think we should do or not do. Our obligations come from many sources, some are people and animals, and some are not living at all. We hear the call from Earth not to destroy it. But when it comes to discerning which obligations are good and which ones are bad, I believe I disagree. The way I interpret Caputo’s thoughts is that we are supposed to find the Obligation with the least number of downsides. While this may seem OK at first, I believe there are some things in this world that are good and some that are evil no matter where you are or who you are. I like to call Caputo’s way of thinking Moral Relativism. By using moral relativism I can justify any action no matter how evil it may be.
Date:August 3rd, 2005 09:11 pm (UTC)

Re: Ben Jordan

I agree with you that there are no good and bad obligations. I really think it depens on your culture and the way we were brought up. For example, I think in class you talked about how you thought Abraham killing is son is wrong no matter what. In this case I think it is really confusing because Abraham had two obligations: one was to god and the other to his son. In this case Abraham has to weigh the downsides, and I guess god won.
Lizeth Gonzalez
Date:August 4th, 2005 07:10 pm (UTC)

Re: Ben Jordan Gerard Volpe

I disagree with saying that we do not have control over what we think we should and should not do. I believe that we have huge amounts of control over our own actions. And everything we do we do it for a reason. I beleive that your thought process pushes you towards what you do and do not do. In my own opinon i feel like everything that i do i do for a reason and that reason is what i thought up in my head. So what i am trying to say is that i beleive that you can control what you do because i think that everything that you do do comes from your own thoughts.
Date:August 4th, 2005 07:56 pm (UTC)

Re:Bryan Daniels

I agree with how obligation come also. There so many things that I was obligated to pretty much just because of who I am and where come from. Like taking care of family and the obligation to succeed and not do stupid stuff cause my little cousins are watching what I do. Plus kids see me doing something with my life and they know they can make it out too.
Date:August 4th, 2005 10:58 pm (UTC)

kimberly barker

I agree that there are no good or bad obligations; there are just varying degrees of obligation. Take the example of Abraham for instance; he did have an obligation to both God and to his son, it’s just that his obligation to God was a much higher obligation. I also think that in fulfilling certain obligations your indirectly taking care of the others as well; i.e. Abraham again, by fulfilling his obligation to God he secured Isaac’s future to do great things for God and that took care of Abrahams obligation to take care of his son.
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC)

Loren Moore (Re: Ben Jordan)

I think that action causation is very complex but when broken down each aspect can ultimately be self controlled. I feel almost that we have too much control over our actions. Even if you flip a coin isn't it you that made that decision therefor wouldn't the outcome belong to you in a way?

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