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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 10:28 pm (UTC)

James Mitchell

The idea Caputo has that I agree with the most is the idea that the obligation to help others in times of distress or whatever is a basic good. He basically says that (for example) if a kid has AIDS we need to do what we can to help him or her. That is a basic ethic. Because that is a disaster and Caputo says that it is in our best interest to try and stop disasters if we can control its affects. Helping others is what helps us survive. I believe (and I think Caputo would agree) the most basic obligation we have is survival of the human race; survival of our own species. When the first homosapians existed, the one who discovered fire and the wheel had to tell someone else. We all dont discover science and religion for ourselves, it is past down and taught to us for family survival or whatever. One I disagree with Caputo is that obligations come to you whether you like it or not. While I do believe that there are certain obligations which you cannot avoid such as breathing or eating in order to survive, I do believe the majority of them you can avoid. I got really confused on whether a prescription is an obligation you choose to do or not and an obligation is the fact, the subject that is there whether you want it to be there or not. But, what if a kid the age of 7 commits suicide. Is he not letting go of those obligations. Is that not why most people commit suicide because the obligations of survival or pain are things that they cannot overtake. Now that I am writing I see that my earlier statements of obligations that are unavoidable are not entirely true. Look at Ghandi. If you have will power can do almost anything. I think that Caputo has forgotten about free will and the fact the a human can do anything humanly possible.

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