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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 05:26 am (UTC)

Andrew Lee

One of the many things I liked about Caputo that he mentions in his book is the fact that good and evil do not necessarily go with every situation. Like Caputo, I believe that every situation has obligations that must be fulfilled and I agree that rather then finding the ‘good’ or ‘evil’ in things we should understand think about the different obligations surrounding it. However, I disagree with Caputo and his thoughts on minimalism. Granted, I don’t think that we should link events ad infinitum, but we should also not think of any event as a singular isolated action. To avoid relating past events and happenings that are relevant to the present would be unreasonable and ignorant. Now I’m not sure if that’s what Caputo is saying but it seems to me that all he is concerned with is the present and neither past nor future really matter to him. Other than that I think Caputo is a really smart philosopher with lots of interesting things to say.
Date:August 4th, 2005 07:22 am (UTC)

Marinelle Chapin

I agree that good and evil dont necessarily go with every situation. Evil deeds can be commited by a good person and vic versa. Life is not exactly black and white, its the grey ares that make life interesting.
I also agree with you that seperate events in our life are a part of a bigger picture. I wouldnt be who I am without my past, I most certainly will not fill up my days with regret, pride, or (fill in emotion here) of the past but I will learn from it and move on. Move on where? Well if I were to live in the now I would not care for my future, and personally I believe Ive got a lot of life ahead of me.
Date:August 4th, 2005 02:53 pm (UTC)

Andrea Mosley

I agree with you one hundred percent. I agree with everything you just said about good and evil, and separate events in your life. I actually think they go hand and hand if you define what is good and evil. The way you handle a situation makes you who you are today whether or not it was a wise choice that you made in the past. The person that you are now will be somewhat, if not completely different, in the future. I believe that we change everyday, so of course I most definitely think we will change in a year or couple of years. The things that we enjoy now that we are in college are going to be different when we start our careers, have families, and play different roles.
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Date:August 4th, 2005 05:16 pm (UTC)

Re: Andrew Lee-----MOnte d. JoRdan

I also agree that every different situation will almost all of the time produce very different results because not every situation will include good, evil or both. Different elements contribute to the results we have. Like Yesterday when we discussed two people who are fairly good, being put into a room and told we will maybe let one of you out if you kill the other one, or we may kill both of you. I think that any "good" person who does not believe in murder, and is put into that situation will definitely turn "evil" when faced with that decision. I dont believe that killing is right, but if someone was trying to kill me, I would try to defend myself...but it doesnt make me forever and always an evil murderer.
Date:August 5th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)

Jessica Cain--Response to Andrew Lee

I agree with you for disagreeing with Caputo on minimalism. I think that there is merit in looking at past events and learning from them and seeing how the actions of yesterday affect us today. I totally believe that everything happens for a reason and that when one door closes, another one opens. And I also think that it's possible that EVERYTHING is connected...but I'm not totally sure on that. But the idea of the btterfly effect is very interesting to me. Last semester we discussed the thought that something as small as a butterfly flapping its wings in Texas can cause a Tsunami (or something) in Japan. Kind of interesting to think about!

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