Final Blog

Posted in Uncategorized on December 11, 2008 by Monica L.

I have to say that the class as whole served to inspire conversations I would not have ordinarily have. Even as I sat with my family in the dark last night (electricity was out on the entire block) we discussed some of the theories discussed in class. One that particularly came to mind was the discussion in which we explored the idea about God’s relation to what we consider good. This is a particularly interesting one as when someone is religious, as we are, it is hard to find ourselves questioning God’s role. And although we are still religious and the theories have not shaken our faith it is nice to see what other views exist.  This class provided that.


Blog #17: The moral worth of Murder

Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 by Monica L.

If we’re looking at murder the way that Aristotle would then murder itself would have no moral value in itself.  The act of murder is can only be committed by a murderous person and the quality of being murderous is an extreme quality which as Aristotle would say is not good at all. It is therefore the murderous quality not the act of murder itself that would have moral value and this value would be very low.

Blog #16: Who can take part of the social contract?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 23, 2008 by Monica L.

Who exactly take part of this social contract?  Well, I think we can all agree that in order to be part of a contract we have to be mentally capable of understanding but accepting the contract itself so really that should exclude children and the mentally challenged, but to what extent? It really should be dependant on the level of comprehension.  Like I stated in my response to a previous blog. The social contract is really almost a set of smaller contracts that we accept at different times of our lives until all of them have been accepted symbolizing our acceptance of the social contract.

Blog #15: Moral Government

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20, 2008 by Monica L.

Can we really say that governments are subject to moral judgment? Well, when you first consider this question you may say the answer is yes. After all, the government is made up of people and people are subject to moral judgment.  I however can compare government to a court room judge or an arbitrator.  They are not involved in a dispute or case personally and simply listen to the facts and decide who is right or wrong or if there has been a breach of contract.  Although they may have their own personal views on something, for that brief moment they are removed from it and have to pass judgment on the particular issue. Government is in fact performing the same task and thus can not be subject to moral standards.

Blog #14: What bad would a state of war be?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 16, 2008 by Monica L.

How bad would a state of war really be? Well, after much consideration, I believe the state of war would not only be as bad as Hobbes described but that it would result in the end of human existence as we know it. If humans, reverted back to only acting out of self interest, war would not only break out due to everyone fighting over resources for their own self interest but this fighting or war would not only affect humans in other cities or countries but even amongst families.  No one would be able to keep others away from their goods forever.  This fighting would not only affect us getting our basic needs such as food and shelter but it would allow no time for even procreation.  Because we would constantly be in competition over each others property and this would eventually end in our own deaths/destruction.

Blog #13: Kant vs Mill

Posted in Uncategorized on November 12, 2008 by Monica L.

After considering both theories, I have to believe that Mill’s utilitarianism theory is the lesser of two evils.   The fact of the matter is that Mill seems to be the one that we can apply to most situations more times than not. We are asked to consider some of the shortcomings of Mill, to think about, for example, his judgment of someone who tries to give to charity but the money ends up going for bad things. What we have to consider is that although it’s not a perfect theory and we may not always be happy with the outcome, we may be happier more than with Kant’s theory. We have to consider that is about the overall happiness and not the perfect happiness since that is something that may never be attainable.

Blog #12: Rationality and self interest or self love

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2008 by Monica L.

Can an act done out of self love or self interest be irrational? Although at first glance it may appear that no reasoning really went into the decision it may in actuality have a included a lot of it. The one example I can think of is a pregnant woman who may be high risk and is told that carrying the pregnancy to full term may result in the end of her own life but still decides not to terminate the pregnancy? Can we really say that no reasoning went into this decision?   Most of us might see that more reasoning involved in this decision than most since the interest or love for another may have been placed above her own.