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Aristotle on Murder
December 9, 2008, 6:09 pm
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Aristotle believes that when a person commits a murder it is their intentions that are the bad part of the person.  The person themselves have an issue of making killing a habit if you do it oce you will plan on doing it again in the future.  Aristotle argues that a person who commits a murder is therefore a terrible person and would have a greater chance of committing a murder in the future making that person just immoral.  Having bad habits of committing murders will increase the chance that murders are committed, so we should not have these immoral people who commit murders in the first place go unpunished.  I do believe that murder is the worst sin in the book and to have the sense to commit a murder that is by far the worst thing you can do to another individual.  The price of life is priceless and we should not have people trying to take lives go unpunished and unwarned rightfully so with Aristotle’s philosophy’s.


Kant and Mill
November 23, 2008, 11:29 pm
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First off both theories will never be considered right or wrong based by one whole body of people.  Mill’s arguments are stronger than Kants though.  Kant has people believe of the categorical imperative and the idea of self interest over rationality.  I believe that that is wrong because there is no overall neutral field and no one be able to tell someone else what is right from wrong with a neutral.  Of course it is completly true to pick over the other completly but they both have a problem with their theories.  In life there are degrees to much of everything in the world that we follow, so in this example of the murderer and grandmother i can not believe that most people would tell the killer where their grandmother was.

Morality and Government
November 23, 2008, 10:52 pm
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Being free citizens of the United States of America, we have given our “unlimited rights” idea partially to the US government.  We choose to give our unlimited rights which are thoughts or choices that we make to the government to play the neurtal position.  We need a neutral position in our lives because if we didn’t the place would be in choas.  We would see murders killing people just to survive which is not what we want.  I respect the rules that i entrust to the government as long as their motives are fair.  All of the free people that choose to have the US their government are apart of a democratic system that has them choose to who possess those interests or unlimited rights.  It is our opinion and trust worthy decision to instill people in the government that possess our rights.

Categorical Imperative
November 23, 2008, 7:48 pm
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The categorical imperative is bascially the golden rule, treat others how you want to be treated.  Most people do what is in the best interest for themselves, but not nesessarily would that duty be one that would be put into universal law.  For instance the example with cheating on a test.  People cheat because they want to get a good grade or dodge doing all the work studying.  Most people would say cheating is bad and can not be put into a universal law.  Many of our role models we believe do all the right things or things that they do should  be put into universal law because we think they are right.  I have role models and i do things that they do because i think that they are right so i would put some of what my role models do into universal law.  This is something i belevied to follow because it is right and others should feel that way as well.

Rationality vs. Self Interest
November 22, 2008, 4:31 pm
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Every person feels that they are entitled to rights.  Giving up your rights to a government can be very distrubing for many people especially people that do not like the government their rights are going to.  Self-interest makes a lot of people work for things in life.  Self-interest can be put to an extreme where they will almost kill in order to get things they want in life, which the government is there to exchange a sort of neutrality to how far your self-interest can go.  Self-interest allows for us to make decisions in life and have goals.  We need to have a common ground between rationality and self-interest in order to perserve peace in the place we live.  Self-interest makes a lot of decisions for us but some people will make decisions that aren’t fair to others which raises a concern.  So we need to have a common ground and thats why we have governments which keep peace between people.

State of Nature
November 15, 2008, 6:02 pm
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I believe that everyone’s state of nature is their strongest weapon.  Each person has unlimited rights to what they want to do.  The state of nature allows your mind to believe what it wants to and act as it wants to.  Inevitably if we didn’t give up our rights to a ‘government’ then we WOULD all be at war and the world would be in choas.  What reminds me of this is the part of the movie from Back to the Future when they were transported back in time but found the world in choas instead of being civilized.  The world would be just like that and there would be no middle ground between people or a sense of peaceful civilization because everyone would want to try and get a leg up on the other person.  State of nature’s could end up as a war between people and lead up to high murder rates.

Mill’s Problem
October 27, 2008, 4:34 pm
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I want to state that i believe Mill has been a little outdated in the work he did.  The topics he has choosen for utilitarianism are fit for the time period but in today’s world ideas behind what can be right or wrong have sort of changed.  We have witnessed terrible events in the last hundred years and those parameters which were sort of layed out back then are out of date.  The development of industries have brought across new ideas to people and therefore created different ways to think about life.  I think Mill’s document would still have the same focus it does today, but the time has changed and ideas change as well.  Mill would need to see how life is lived now, and then he could make an adjustment to his views.  But i feel that Mill’s idea is out of date, and people today have issues of what is right and wrong today that were different back when he published the idea.