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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 09:12 pm (UTC)

Darrick McDade

When Caputo discusses good and evil i agree with him one hundred percent. If we were to to live in china or a country that kills there children to control their population. Would that make us evil? There are so many varieties of good and evil to just limit it with one definition. It is all in how you take it. A evil person can do something bad and a good person can do something evil. People change everyday and so does the definition. He also talks about obligation. I really dont agree with that. Take for instence, Your boss thinks he can talk to you anykind of way and expects you to take because your obligated to listen to him because he is your Boss....NO WAY
Date:August 4th, 2005 09:51 pm (UTC)

response-- Christian Alvarado

I agree with your statement that an evil person can do something good* and a good person can do something evil. However, that does not change the definition of what is good and what is evil. Regardless of the person’s demeanor or general attitude, they definitions of the way in which they are capable of acting do not change. If a good person is acting in an evil manner, the definition of evil is still “acting morally bad, or in a wrong way” (or something to that effect), and vice-versa…
Date:August 4th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)

Re: Jason Tucker

This is an aspect of Caputo's book that I still have trouble with. While I understand that there are varying levels of morality or immorality, I still feel that somehow the meauring stick should be abel to be universalized in some way. As per your example, the killing of children to control popultation should not be considered as moral just because it is acceptable in the given society. If that were the case, then several horrible acts throughout history could be justified simply due to acceptability within society.

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