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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 08:45 pm (UTC)

Rebecca Riddle

I agree that the past helps shape who we are. If nothing else it give us a frame of reference for the handling of events. Since we all have different pasts, our references for handling things are all differen, which leads to the question of right and wrong. We were all brought up with different concepts of right and wrong. It might be right for one person to excessively drink on a daily basis, but it may be totally wrong for the next person to drink at all. It is easy to say that it is always wrong to kill someone, but if someoen breaks into my home with the intention of killing me, I am going to do my best to insure that he is the one carried out on a stretcher. I'm not going to think: "Killing this person would be wrong" and sit down and invite him to kill me. But we can't let the past be the last work on whether or not something is right or wrong. what was right to do in a situation in the past may not be what is right to do in a similar situation now. We have to use our past experiences to try to do what is right, but we can't be assured that since it was right last time, it is right this time.
Date:August 4th, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Rebecca Riddle from ROBERT HOUPE

I agree that every individual person's socialization and experiences make up their frame of reference for what they feel and how they act. If everyone had the same background and experience, then there would probably be less misunderstanding in the world; and less flaws in society.

The world is not static. I agree that the past shouldn't create an unbreakable precedent for what is right or wrong (or desirable). It can be tricky though. How do you know when to keep history, or when to modify it.

Our country's Constitution is an example. The Supreme Court can be split on the interpretation of the document. Are the words and their literal meanings untouchable, OR should we speculate "well, the founders didn't intend for it to mean...." How could they though; would they ever have envisioned the internet or space travel?

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