Category Archives: Ethics & Morality

Nietzsche's 'On the Genealogy of Morality': An Introduction

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If a knowledge appears to agree with what is sensorially perceived, then most people will conclude that the knowledge is sufficient and that no further knowledge is needed. Through doing so you will suddenly find that things that you had assumed previously you have now changed your mind about. Others think it consists in goods of the body, like comeliness or physical pleasure (ST IaIIae 2.5 and 6). Guyer argues that autonomy itself is the value grounding moral requirements.

Mencius, Hume and the Foundations of Ethics (Ashgate World

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This in turn apparently implies that our wills are necessarily aimed at what is rational and reasonable. We tell you to be concise because we don't want you to ramble on about everything you know about a given topic, trying to show how learned and intelligent you are. Clearly, philosophical exemptions have not created serious health problems, and if they ever should pose a problem, states retain the authority to impose emergency vaccines and/or quarantines as needed.

Democracy and the "Kingdom of God" (Marquette Studies in

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Not surprisingly, studies conducted to determine the impact of disbelief in free will have the results that philosophers have long predicted. The definition of the ethical state is that it should treat all equally unfairly, high or low, rich or poor, regardless of color or gender, living or dead. The details of this will be religion specific. Newman has admirably described from the psychological point of view this weakness in our grasp of the moral law: "The sense of right and wrong. .. is so delicate, so fitful, so easily puzzled, obscured, perverted, so subtle in its argumentative methods, so impressionable by education, so biassed by pride and passion, so unsteady in its course, that in the struggle for existence amid the various exercises and triumphs of the human intellect, the sense is at once the highest of all teachers yet the least luminous" ( Newman, "Letter to the Duke of Norfolk", in section on conscience ).

Laugh and Live: -1917

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Many educators are aware of the cultural moral crisis and feel a need to promote ethical development in the classroom (Callahan, 2004; Halverson, 2004). Julian Franklin gives us a clear and fair-minded critique of what contemporary philosophers have to say about the moral rights of animals. When considering the difference between ethicsand morals, it may be helpful to consider a criminal defense lawyer. Rather they place themselves, and are placed by others, in situations that differ precisely in ways that induce clergy to look, act, feel, and think rather consistently like clergy and that induce criminals to look, act, feel, and think like criminals (19).

The Contradictions of Modern Moral Philosophy: Ethics after

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When conservative groups advocate bigotry masquerading as "family values", we need to recognise the injustice of this, and instead stand up for what is right. Thus the absence of moral accountability from the philosophy of naturalism makes an ethic of compassion and self-sacrifice a hollow abstraction. Brand says that notion has an important link to the NCAA. Ethics relates to the philosophy behind a moral outcome. How are we to say that one theory of ethics is an improvement over another?

Provocations: Spiritual Writings of Kierkegaard

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It should also be clear that compassion can not be sufficient for an ethics. Stem cell research is one example of an area with difficult ethical considerations. It was burned to the ground by a group of ignorant and fearful Christians, responding to the power grab of a bishop at the time. Happiness is the highest good and the end at which all our activities ultimately aim. But if evolution is a struggle for survival, why are we still capable of altruism?

The Moral Economy

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While good morals represent correct and upright conduct, ethics act more as guidelines. The good for human beings, then, must essentially involve the entire proper function of human life as a whole, and this must be an activity of the soul that expresses genuine virtue or excellence. ( Nic. How does your brain deal with a moral dilemma? We can use them, for instance, to describe objects (e.g. "That is a good pen"), characteristics (e.g. "Cowardice is bad, but cruelty is worse") and states of affairs (e.g. "Being dead really isn't as bad as everyone thinks").

Moral Concepts (Midwest Studies in Philosophy)

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For reason recognises the establishment of a good will as its highest practical destination, and in attaining this purpose is capable only of a satisfaction of its own proper kind, namely, that from the attainment of an end, which end again is determined by reason only, notwithstanding that this may involve many a disappointment to the ends of inclination. The principal virtues, according to Ibn Rushd, correspond to the perfection of the three parts of the soul, the rational, the irascible and the concupiscent.

ETHICS: Who holds the moral high ground?

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Far from undermining the expert skill model, I think this shows the value in being clear about the goals of the analogy. Also, the field of study dealing with the principles of morality. It attempts to show how any rational being would agree to universal moral laws. After the publication of these two articles, Stichter has been continuing to work on the topic which resulted in five articles, included in the reference list below.

Animal Rights & Human Morality

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Constructing moral theories may be up to the philosophers, but assessing them, and rejecting or implementing them is up to the individual. For any number of trivial decisions, this is entirely appropriate. Unlike most conflicts that can be disputed with facts and objective truths, ethical issues are more subjective and open to opinions and interpretation. Indeed, it is possible that morality, in the normative sense, has never been put forward by any particular society, by any group at all, or even by any individual.