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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 3rd, 2005 09:06 pm (UTC)

Lizeth Gonzalez


The section I have liked so far is OBLIGATION’S POET, I liked the part that talks about how Derrida advises us to start wherever we are. In the book Caputo relates it to how he is going to start wherever, but I think we can apply it to our lives. I think this though could be applied to “It is never too late". For example, I think that if we want to change our minds we should be able to. We should not get stuck with what we decided in the past. If we want to start a new career or renew a friendship we should just start were we are and not think about what we did or did not do. I also liked the fact that Caputo talks about doing what we love to do. I really think we should do what we love even if we are not great at it.
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:58 am (UTC)

Re: Lizeth Gonzalez from Jen-Ling Chang

I totally agree with you, and I like it. ^___^
For sure, we should do something which we love to do. Don’t get suck in the past. Sometimes I feel bad when I think about my past because I have some bad memory.
I agree with you that I can not get suck in the past because I can not change it. Therefore, I should forget it. And I can change my mind any time. Just do something what we love to do even if it is not easy. Our life would be better if we follow the rule
Date:August 4th, 2005 05:37 am (UTC)

Re: Lizeth Gonzalez-Andrew Lee

Yeah I agree with what you’re saying. A lot of Derrida talks about seems to be derived from Nietzsche and his views on taking advantage of every experience to its fullest extent. You know a lot of what you mention reminds me of what we learned about Nietzsche. Like his views on having no regrets and learning from every experience really tie into what you’re saying about starting from where you are and always do what feels right. I think we should all follow that advise and take it for what it’s worth.
Date:August 4th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)

Re: Lizeth Gonzalez by JAMES KOKET

I do like the idea that we should be able to do whatever we want, regardless of the past of the present situation. But in my experiences, this is not always the outcome. What we do in the past shapes what we are and where we are in the story of our lives today. So to say that we should ignore what happened in the past, or neglect to think about it is, in my opinion, against human nature. If a dog pees on the rug and you hit him and rub his nose in it, he probably will not do it again. Humans are much the same. If mistakes are made in which substaintial penalties or uncomfortable results were reached, we as people have a tendancy to not do those which cased them again. I think we should learn from our mistakes and make our lives better as a result of correcting them, not ignore, and perhaps repeat them.
Date:August 4th, 2005 06:15 pm (UTC)

Re: Lizeth Gonzalez by JAMES KOKET

The thing you are realizing is that each new choice we make or have made binds us to new obligations. We establish or change our relationships with other things and beings and therefor change the obligations of the future.

If I strengthen a friendship now, I will be more obligated, by a form of love, to do things for that person from then on.

All of our "obligations" are built on some combination of love and fear. We either love the action or what the action brings or fear the consequences of neglecting the obligation. Every time you change a relationship in some way, you buld new fears and strengthen ties of love (possibly under the guise of respect, happiness, or friendship, which are, in a way, all forms of love)

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