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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 08:21 pm (UTC)

Ross Patterson

Moving back to chapter 2, "Between Good and Evil"...

I feel like Caputo very directly tells the reader that he has NO IDEA what the answers to all of life's questions are. "I do not know what the Good is." (page 30) I feel like it brings the reader back down to earth - it brings to our attention the fact that he's simply "a clerk and a part-time poet," and that he's not telling us (throughout the book) that what he says IS the truth, or that how he sees things is some omniscient perspective. I also feel like he talks about "Good and Evil" in a deconstructionist manner (obviously, perhaps?)...he talks about the words themselves and starts defining them, realizing that they're socially constructed viewpoints, rather than there being very definite concepts of what is "Good" and what is "Evil".

To be disagreeable...Caputo says, "Events happen without 'why.'" Some may, but can it really be said in a universal sense? It may lead back to the concept of "disaster" - that the stars don't "care" about us - but, since all this that we're discussing is constructed socially, why can we not say that there's a "why"? I'm not so sure. Two could be talking..."Why did you eat the ice cream?" "Because I was hungry." It could be deconstructed, I suppose, but why deconstruct it?
Date:August 4th, 2005 10:38 pm (UTC)

Re: Ross Patterson by James Mitchell

I like your disagreement with Caputo. Plenty of people say "why" in situations that are not humanly possible to understand. That is why we have religion and why science asks the question till they feel they have the answer. I think the reason we deconstruct the "why" is becuase we need change over the years. We need reminders of the answers people give because we forget that all humans have the capability of being flawd. I'm not saying that religion is flawd but we need to ask why and deconstruct becuase we get no where without it. We live in too much fear if we dont understand why a tornado occurs or why our crops never make it through a dry season. We come up with answers like the gods are angry that is the fear.I'm also not saying that asking why in ever single situation is necessarely a good thing, but maybe asking why you would ask why is another way of putting it and another way of deconstruction that could help. If this makes absolutely no since I apologize. Liked your comment.
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Date:August 5th, 2005 01:34 am (UTC)

Re: Ross Patterson from Melanie Alt

I wonder if "events happen[ing] without 'why'" leads to the thought of destiny and fate. It seems like it's the thought that you have no control over it so there is no why. To answer because is because you had some hand in it happening. But if it happens because of fate, then your why is unneeded.

Ha, and now that I say that, I guess if you believe in fate and destiny, then that is your why. Your why, is because that is just what it supposed to happen. And then that leads me into thinking about heavenly bodies and how much faith society puts into such higher beings.

I guess I ramble and come around full circle, not atypical of me I suppose. I have been battling with this idea of fate and that if something is meant to happen it will, and I take that with the Edward situation that you know about. If it is supposed to happen it will, is how we are taking it, so I guess I do have this underlying belief that some entity has some control over my future.

Wow, I hope I haven't confused you hon.
Date:August 5th, 2005 02:07 am (UTC)

Re: Ross Patterson from Melanie Alt

now i imagine the situation happening differently...

"Why did you eat the ice cream?" "FATE MADE ME DO IT!!! AGGGHH"
Date:August 5th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)

Re: Ross Patterson/ Carrie Barnes

I really like how he admits that he has no answers also. I think it's important when your expressing your veiws about something that you aren't trying to convince, simply open a new suggestion. It turns people off when they feel like they are trying to be convinced of something. He really brings me into what he saying just because he is not telling, he's suggesting.

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