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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 4th, 2005 12:59 am (UTC)

Carrie Barnes

I really like what Caputo says about how we need to start listening to obligation right now, in the middle of whatever we're doing. I think many times we stand around and ignore what's happening in society, and the ways that we could help. Some people might not know how, but then are some of us that just choose not to acknowledge the obligation to help out.
I also like what he says about obligation being earthbound. If we all felt that our obligations were to each other and to nature, the world might be a better place. Maybe people would help each other out more and maybe we wouldn't have so much pollution.
So, I don't have a disagreement, but more of a problem. How can we just drop everything and answer obligation? It's almost like we've made up things to worry about so that we don't have to act on things that are really going on around us. In a way we've trapped ourselves.
Date:August 4th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)

Haley Williams

i agree with you about obligations... i definitely think that people realize that they have certain obligations and know that they should do something about it but choose to ignore it most likely out of selfishness... the world would be a much better place if we felt that our obligations were to each other and especially to nature because if we don't take care of the world we live in then our children and grandchildren will be very unfortunate.
Date:August 4th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrie Barnes_DominikKabacinski

To answer every obligation would be like saying Yes to everything, regardless if it’s good or bad for you. I can't save the whole world. I can only try and be helpful whenever I can. Maybe some obligations cannot be fulfilled in that exact moment, but 10 years from then, who knows. I think that we do have and obligation to help people, but we also have an obligation to live and help our families so that someday WE don't have to be helped.
Date:August 4th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)

Re: Carrie Barnes_DominikKabacinski

Sometimes the answer may be "No." The goal of listening to obligation and really thinking about the root of the "call to action" you feel does not mean that you must leap into every burning building. It does mean that even when a thing seems small, or time seems short, we need to look harder at what pulls us towards other people and, if we expessed that more often, we might find that we have slowly changed the whole world through our concern.

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