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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 03:29 pm (UTC)


Caputo mentions "weak" (diverse) society and how it would better our existence. His argument against "strong" community is that it provokes violence and inequality amongst other things. Strong community thinks and acts according to one set rule or ethic and everything outside the "box" is hated or wrong ethically. I could not agree more. Diverse society lowers or minimizes hatred, violence and misunderstandings. Such societies seem to experience a lot of personal freedom. A lot of different social groups co-exist more peacefully in weaker communities.

One thing that bothers me is this idea of OBLIGATION. Lets say that it is something that happens before a conscious thought. I still do not understand its affects on people. You can receive this obligation, think, and say yes or say no or do not think and say yes. I still believe that the decision is Yours. Even when you don't think and say yes, decision has been made by you not to think, and say yes. I believe that there are obligations comming from other beings but maybe subconsciously we bring out these obligations. Maybe these obligations come from our deepest psyche and are related to only US. There is an action and an equal and opposite re-action. I don't think most obligations happen without reason.

Date:August 4th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)

Ben Jordan

I totally agree that a weak society is a better way. Weak societies seem more open to change; whether it be morals or laws. A weak community makes it possible to have a diverse society with many different types of people. It is very important in today's world that people care more about their nieghbor than they do their ethics and morals.
I also agree with you about obligation, I, too, believe they happen for a reason. The only thing I disagree with is that you can say no to an obligation. I believe if there is an obligation that you can say no to, it was never an obligation to begin with. It was simply an idea- or suggestion. We are BOUND to obligation.
Date:August 4th, 2005 09:13 pm (UTC)

Re: DominikKabacinski

James Berry

The concept of a weak society versus a strong society is a difficult problem to address. Some social problems appear to be able to be taken care of a "weak society" but in instances of absolute chaos sometimes fear and paronia can cause a "weak society" to turn to heavy handed tactics out of desperation. It is easiest for a Dictator to come to power when conditons are weak. A strong society does thrive on fear, predjudice, paronia and hatred but when indivduals are starving due to weak conditons there own fear can cause a weak society to transform itself into a strong society. What conditons can cause a society to become so weak that it then embraces a Strong society?
Date:August 5th, 2005 03:09 am (UTC)

Nicole Kolbek

I totally agree with you about the whole obligation thing. I like to think that I make decisions on my own, not from an obligation. There are many times I choose things on a subconscious level. Sometimes I wonder why - but regardless, I don't think I made it based on an obligation. Sometimes I make a choice and don't even notice that I made one. I was unaware of the entire process. How can that be from obligation?

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