govt morality

November 24, 2008

There are certain aspects of government that really do not correspond to the issue of morality. This is primarily based on the issues of corruption. along with the fact that the government is created by us in order to serve us so in a way it cannot be viewed as immoral or moral as we give up our right to put individuals into office to serve us as best as possible, but cannot be judged as an entity as we would judge ourselves when dealing with the issue of morality.

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mill vs kant

November 23, 2008

It seems that Kant focuses primarily on the fact that to him an action is considered primarily moral if done out of goodwill and with no self love. It seems that his theory is a little far fetched in the sense that there is no other option to base morality. On the other hand it seemed that Mill focused on the consequences of certain actions in order to consider an action moral or immoral. Along with both sides of the spectrum it seems that I agree more with Mill in the sense that one should measure their actions on the consequences of their actions.

kant- self love

November 23, 2008

Based on Kant’s theory it seems that an action can be considered moral if done out of goodwill with no personal benefit. Also that an action done out of Self love is automatically seen as immoral based on the level of satisfaction that one is enduring. I definitely do not agree with Kant’s theory in regards to this because at certain instances one can do an action out of self love that can be considered moral by helping others in need.

categorical imperative

November 23, 2008

Based on Kant’s Theory it is seen as immoral to cheat on a test because if everyone decides to cheat on a test, the point of even having a test would defeat the purpose of an exam all together. Based on the definition of categorical imperative is that a law applies to everybody and nobody is excluded. By implementing the categorical imperative cheating on a test to sort of go along with Kant’s theory that Cheating is immoral.

intrinsic value in happiness-kant

November 23, 2008

I feel that in dealing with happiness there is no intrinsic value. This arises due to the fact that happiness is an emotion created from an event that triggers it, not necessarily a feeling that is automatic in a sense to feel happiness without a prior occurrence of some sort. It is not possible way that happiness can be intrinsic to other occurrence but rather an emotion that is within one self.

happiness is unattainable

October 29, 2008

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self sacrifice no matter if it does not increase overall happiness it still can be seen as virtuous. Based on the presentation it seems that the argument primarily objects in regards to how men can and in some cases live without happiness due to the fact that happiness is unattainable. I feel that this particular objection is wrong due to the fact that happiness is measured in diffrent ways for diffrent people, therfore negating the argument completly.

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hw 10/17

October 29, 2008

In this particular post we had to discuss the objection on how utilitarianism is seen as a Godless theory.  Basically the objection that Mill proposes is that the bible for some is not a set code but rather a guide for your own morality. Along with intending that the church was primarily created to let people find out for themselves what is right or wrong , and primarily base decisions more on fact rather than through religion.

Question for Mill

October 26, 2008

The one question that I would ask Mill would be that if utilitarianism does not intertwein with religion, then why doesnt he turn down religion as a whole in regards to reaching overall happiness?

I think he would respond to this particular question by stating that religion isnt necessarily a set of rules that one must follow to be moral and create overall happiness, but something used as sort of a guide to eventually reach happiness based on past event and stories that show how goodness and morality prevail over evil.

morality can’t be all about increasing overall happiness because happiness is unattainable

October 15, 2008

In regards to happiness being unattainable, I strongly disagree with this point to begin with due to the fact that happiness to each and everyone of us measured to a certain extent and can be reached by anyone of us at any given time. In regards to morality I do believe that it is all about increasing overall happiness due to the effect and influence one has on the outcome of one person’s happiness.

Pleasure v.s. Physical

September 21, 2008

– I feel that Mill is incorrect in the sense that mental pleasures that are unique to humans are better than the physical pleasures that physical pleasures such as those pleasures that animals possess. Primarily Mill’s theory does not hold strong in classifyin “higher” pleasures as better than physical pleasures, In my opinion due to certain circumstances both mental and physical pleasures can be seen as good and neither one is better than the other. For example a relationship both love and sex need to occur in order for a relationship to stay afloat. Eventhough at some points one is better than the other, but in the end both are necessary and are as equally important.