13
Dec
08

Last Post

So for this course there have been many people we looked at and studied. Their ideas and theories have been broken down and have many meanings. My favorite though would have to be Mill. His theory on utilitarianism was probably the most interesting to learn about. You can either agree or disagree with him in so many ways. Overall happiness is what everyone lives for. You can agree or disagree with him that we are responsible for our actions no matter what but there are too many people who would have an opinion on this. Anyway, John Stuart Mill was probably the most interesting to learn about.

08
Dec
08

aristotle

The moral worth of murder? Aristotle is known to look at the individual rather then the action. As we know, murder is obviously bad, no matter what way you look at it. When Aristotle looks at it though, its not based on the action that was committed. He looks at the individual who committed the murder and believes the action was justified because of who that person is and because of the reason they had for doing it. Aristotle takes it as an act that was justified because of the reason, not just doing the act.

08
Dec
08

Social Contract

Social contract is between members of a society as a whole. Each member of the society gives up some sort of right to ensure their safety. The government and the people in one case make up a social contract. There is a contract between government and people, then between people and the government. The government provides the laws and the people follow those laws created so nothing is taken from there freedom. Meanwhile the government uses the laws they created as a guideline and holds the laws in place so the society cannot overthrow them. The government and people therefore both are in power and have the power to do what they feel is necessary to have a healthy balance.

20
Nov
08

Government and Morality

Hobbes believes that morality comes when there is a contract. With that being said the goverment has to be judged on being moral or not. The government is made up of people we put into place to make judgements and do the moral thing. If the government just abused the power they had then it would just be immoral because the people who put them there would just go against everything the people in power had to say. How do you think most governments are formed? They are formed based on the fact that we believe the government will do everything in there power to keep us safe and give us a standard of life to live by. We trust to the government to have good morals because those are the people we feel most comfortable with.

17
Nov
08

State of Nature

The state of nature depends on the person itself. We shape our state of nature because we are limited by the amount of resources that are available to us in this world. Ours wants for these resources are strongly needed but so much can be supplied. I believe Hobbes isn’t completely correct about the state of nature. His opinion being that it would be the worst imaginable situation for the world just seems to “harsh” in a way. We are already in a state of nature because we pick the people we want to associate with and then line ourselves up in a position for a comfortable way of living.

12
Nov
08

Kant or Mill

You have a choice to decide between Kant and Mill theory, what would you choose? If it were up to me I would choose Kant because someone can do something that has a bad consequence to there actions but the intention was good. You would like at that as being moral. If there is an act with bad consequences and bad actions then it is looked at as being immoral but the other, bad with good intentions looks as being not that bad. Charity is an example to look at in this case. You donate to charity and then later on find out the foundation you donated to uses it for something else illegal in this case. Intentions were good but the consequences were bad. In the other case you know that charity is doing illegal things but donate anyway which is both bad intentions and bad consequences. I believe that our intentions do have to do with the morality of our actions. The reason I would pick Kant over Mill is because it just seems that he takes into consideration the factors that determine a persons action.

03
Nov
08

The Categorical Imperative

The Categorical Imperative is a judgement on what is moral and immoral. You can say that it can be compared to what is followed by people and what is accepted by them as well. Cheating is an example that can be used to explain this method. As we know cheating is immoral to do on a test because then what would be the purpose of the test, as the test is to determine one’s knowledge of something. The Categorical Imperative measures the act by itself to determine if it is moral, not basing it on the consequences of the action itself. Perhaps there is a major gap in utilitarianism and this can solve it but in a way this just brings up more questions that could possibly be asked.