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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 09:44 pm (UTC)

Jason Tucker

So far, I've found Caputo's assertion that obligations happen, without our consent. This seems well justified and reasonable. It seems that the observable fact that ethics and morality has been a goal of many philosophers over the course of human history clearly supports the idea that in some way we are enacted upon by obligation. I even feel that Caputo's insistence that obligation is a force that is enacted upon us as opposed to a result of another force justified in his work. However, when he painted a model of our physical insignificance in the universe to support the idea that we overestimate our importance, he lost me somewhat. While it is obvious that we are insignificant from both physical and time aspects, the feeling of importance is not a false one, just one supported by our point of view. That point of view may or may not be completely reasonable, but his argument was relatively weak on that point.

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