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Shaping My Morality - G .K. Chesterton quoted, “I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it,” and although I do not completely understood my own morality, I know I did not create it alone. For example, my parents illustrated the importance of kindness and finding my own personal beliefs about God. Additionally, my friends have taught me to not take small problems too seriously. Moreover, attending private school has caused me to trust in the safety of the world around me....   [tags: Morality/Ethics] 700 words
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Secular Morality and Religious Morality Inadvertently Influenced One Another - Even in matters of outwardly secular morality, religion plays such a hegemonic role that, in many instances, secular morality is inadvertently influenced by religious morality. It could even be said that religious morality is greatly influenced by secular morals and not the other way around. While it would be difficult to assess the genealogy of morality it would be safe to say that morality has a very strong connection with religious morality. Moreover, to evade the almost omnipresent influence of religious morality would be nearly impossible; this allows for the almost constant melding of the two making them almost indistinguishable....   [tags: Ethics, morality] 967 words
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Ethics and Morality in Philosophy - Morality has always been an unacknowledged and crucial role in defining ethics. Principles tend to be a virtue that applies only within society and can be distinguished from law, religion, or ethics. Morality in its defining sense can be different from each other, depending on the foundations of the society that claim their morality. Different societies have a different sense of what their moral priority would be like. Their morality can be based on purity and honesty when others concerned with practices....   [tags: Ethics, Morality, Philosophy, ] 895 words
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The Modern Morality Play - The Morality play can be defined as an “allegorical play popular especially in the 15th and 16th centuries in which the characters personify abstract qualities or concepts which involve a direct conflict between right and wrong or good and evil and from which a moral lesson may be draw (Webster).” Today, the morality play Everyman, is occasionally performed or read at colleges and church organizations. These productions are usually academic in nature or focused on religious ideology. Ron Tanner author of Humor in Everyman and the Middle English Morality Play argues that this play has value beyond such narrow focus....   [tags: Modern, Morality Play, plays, theatre, ] 1078 words
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Stephen's Sexual Desire and Religious Morality - Throughout his life, Stephen is consumed by conflicting desires, the strongest of which being his sexual desire towards women versus religious morality. Confused and ashamed by these “sinful” thoughts, Stephen comes to view women in one of two extremes: they are either pure, virginal, and decent, like Emma, or impure, sexual, and corrupt, such as the prostitutes he visits in Belvedere. However, it is Stephen’s individual experiences with women from both ends of this spectrum that become the motivating factor behind both his art and personal growth as an artist....   [tags: sexuality, religion, morality, James Joyce,] 1499 words
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Terrorism and Morality by Haig Khatchadourian - Terrorism and Morality by Haig Khatchadourian In “Terrorism and Morality,” Haig Khatchadourian argues that terrorism is always wrong. Within this argument, Khatchadourian says that all forms of terrorism are wrong because the outcome deprives those terrorized of their basic humanity. To this end, Khatchadourian says that even forms of terrorism that are designed to bring about a moral good are wrong because of the methods used to achieve that good. Before Khatchadourian spells out why terrorism is wrong, he defines what terrorism is, what causes terrorism, and what people believe terrorism to mean....   [tags: Terrorism Morality Khatchadourian Essays]
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The Morality of Torture - ... Overall, Dershowitz reasoning seems outrageously complex. This aspect results into the debate of torture and the law by simply changing the law to accommodate torture. From an illegal and legal standpoint, torture takes to different position as moral or immoral. The topic of torture is somewhat brushed off, as it is acceptable. The rebuttable argument is that legal torture would somehow possess clarity and accountability. I can infer that Dershowitz is precise with his beliefs on torture. There is a sensible contrast as to how illegal torture falls under the belief of justifiable circumstances, and without issuing a torture warrant is the behavior acceptable from societal perspective....   [tags: Morality, Ethics]
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The Morality Play: More than Just a Lesson Learned - Morality Plays are allegorical plays that teach moral lessons and were especially popular with the medieval audience. Today, the morality play Everyman, is occasionally performed or read at colleges and church organizations. These productions are usually academic in nature or focused on religious ideology. Ron Tanner, author of Humor in Everyman and the Middle English Morality Play argues that the play has value beyond such narrow focus. A closer evaluation of the plot and characters would support this assertion....   [tags: morality play, plays, theatre, everyman, ] 1020 words
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Morality - ... His humility is striking, and the fact that he agrees to the challenge while the others - whom Gawain previously described as “No braver knights when battle is joined” (Sir Gawain 34) - did not, casts doubt on the validity of him being the supposed worst among them. The author gives the reader no indication that anyone in the court attempts to refute Gawain's bleak assertion saying only; Then wisely they whispered of it, And after, all said the same: That the crowned King should be quit, And Gawain given the game....   [tags: Character Analysis, Gawain] 1032 words
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Morality in "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald - The Webster dictionary defines morality as a moral discourse, statement or lesson. In the novel, “The Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald many of the characters could not be classified as truly moral people who exhibit goodness or correctness in their character and behavior. Tom, Daisy, and George all come to mind as the characters that have done the most moral damage throughout the novel. In the end, these individuals show characteristics of a moral decay in society because the cause corruption and lies, which is why they are morally responsible for the destruction of humanity....   [tags: great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Morality,] 511 words
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The Justification of Morality and Why You Should Act Morally - The Justification of Morality and Why You Should Act Morally 1. Introduction In this paper I wish to consider the following related questions: (i) Can a system of morality be justified?; (ii) Why should one act morally?; (iii) How can others be persuaded to act morally. Clearly none of these questions is new, and moral philosophers have proposed a variety of responses to them over the centuries without reaching any general agreement. Nevertheless, because these questions are fundamental to any practical application of moral theory, it is worthwhile to continue to reflect upon them....   [tags: Morality Morals Controversial Issues Essays] 4808 words
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Morality - Plato Republic Socrates engages in conversations with people claiming to be experts, usual in ethical matters. By asking simple questions, Socrates gradually reveals that these people were in fact very confused and did not actually know anything about the matters about which they claimed to be an expert. Morality is the ethical matter that is brought up in Plato’s Republic. Socrates argues the response of Cephalus, Polemarchus and Thrasymachus on what morality is. The question of morality came up when Socrates and Cephalus, who is a rich old man, were having a conversation about money....   [tags: essays research papers] 605 words
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Morality - Morality is defined as a system or code that we humans use to differentiate between right and wrong. This system could be derived from a number of factors: religion, culture, and upbringing. It is difficult enough to determine what an individual's morals are, but going further to determine how we came to possess those morals is even more ambitious. Still, regardless of its difficulty, this subject consumes many philosophers and psychologists. One such moral psychologists, Jonathan Haidt, is theorizing the possibility of evolution causing ones morality....   [tags: Ethics] 1592 words
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Morality - Morality Is morality relative. Ruth Benedict and James Rachels have opposing views on this conroversial question. Benedict, "a foremost American anthropologist who taught at Columbia University" (Pojman 370) believes that morality is relative to one's culture and that one's behavior which is deemed moral or immoral is dependent upon cultural norms. Her argument is as such: 1. Different cultures have radically different moral codes 2. There are no objective moral principles i.e. all moral principles are culturally relative Rachels, "a professor at the University of Alabama" (Pojman 375) disagrees with Benedict and believes that morality is not relative....   [tags: Papers] 566 words
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Morality - Morality: An essential to life A Russian born American science-fiction writer and biochemist once quoted, “Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what’s right.” This statement generates a series of controversial questions. What is right. How do morals affect people and society in which we live. Does everyone have specific morals by which they try to live their life. How does someone realize what their morals are. What are morals. These questions cannot be truthfully answered because everyone has their own definition of what is right and what is wrong and how one should live their life....   [tags: essays research papers] 892 words
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Morality - Morality Through out the evolutionary process of rules and regulations that we abide by, we come to a discrete conclusion that religion and its "morality" have complete power over our beings. Morality is the quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct. But for most of the world it is the meaning of so called Christian morality, or religious morality that defines this system of right and wrong. Religion itself is being defined as the belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe....   [tags: Papers] 561 words
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Morality - Morality      Moral philosophy is very important to the success of an individual. But, before I tell you why moral philosophy is so important, and how it has helped me in my life, let me give you a little background knowledge. Rational knowledge has two components. These components are material and formal. Formal knowledge is not object oriented, and is based on reason. Formal knowledge is logic, or the laws of thought. Material knowledge is object oriented, and has two components. These two components are natural and moral....   [tags: Moral Ethics Philosophy essays] 1214 words
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Morality - Morality is a hard term to define and decipher because there are so many things that have to be taken into account. If you line up a group of ten people and bring up a morality issue, you will mostly likely get different answers. People all over the world have many different beliefs and are raised to stand by those beliefs. Abortion is one of the hot topics in our country and a big moral issue. There are people who believe abortion is murder and completely, morally wrong. Then there are other people who believe that it isn’t wrong and it isn’t murder....   [tags: essays research papers] 723 words
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morality - Philosophy Papers Same Day Delivery. Only $9.95/page + FREE Bibliography!!. Papers On More Philosophers & Philosophies Page 3 of 36 Previous Next Immanuel Kant's 'Critique Of Pure Reason' [ send me this paper ] A 5 page paper that provides an analysis of Kant's work and focuses on the ideal of pure reason as a central development. No additional sources cited. Filename: Kantreas.wps Immanuel Kant's Concept of Good Will Analyzed [ send me this paper ] A 5 page paper which examines German philosopher Immanuel Kant's good will principle as articulated in his 1785 work, The Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysics of Morals (also known as The Grounding For the Metaphysics of Morals....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Morality and Dehumanization in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - The novel, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, presents moral issues, and daily dehumanization of men living in a camp in Russia in 1951. Ivan Denisovich, the protagonist in the novel spoke out against Stalin, and was then put in a prison camp because of it. The novel presents a terrible situation in which Ivan must overcome daily circumstances, which only a person living in a prison camp would know how to survive. The tone and mood of the novel are able to work together to show the theme of the novel, that human self-respect is achieved as long as one is still holding onto it....   [tags: Morality, Dehumanization, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn] 565 words
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In Defence of Amoralism - The problem of moral motivation is one that, as Scanlon correctly identifies, every competent moral theory must recognise. While chapter 4 of Scanlon's What We Owe to Each Other, `Wrongness and Reasons', is praiseworthy in its extended and subtle inspection of why we should be provided with a satisfactory reason for being morally good, there are elements of this piece that I find difficult to swallow, regardless of the tenacity with which I ruminate; in particular, Scanlon unsatisfactorily addresses the problem of the amoralist in his framework....   [tags: Morality] 1056 words
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Religion - ... Her first temptation, Leon, drives her to be “so virtuous and inaccessible to him that he lost all hope” (Flaubert 89). But this visage of virtuosity proved to be unsustainable in Rodolphe’s manipulative aggression. When Rodolphe disposes of her and Emma’s path runs across Leon’s, she attempts to restrain herself from the growing debauchery that had accompanied her previous affair. Emma hoped “that some sudden resolution might descend to her from heaven; and to draw down divine aid she filled her eyes with the splendors of the tabernacle” (Flaubert 191)....   [tags: Morality] 1970 words
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The Nature of Evil - ... Similar to Islam, Jewish theology stresses that it’s followers adhere their obedience to God’s laws as inscriped in the Torah. While Christians personify the idea of evil in Satan, many sects of Judaism believe that although people may possess free will, the human heart is inherently evil (Schwarz 43). Mormon theology claims that mortal life is a test of faith, and evil is that which keeps one from discovering the nature of God. While there is no ultimate evil, God is depicted as the ultimate good and evil restrains mortals from returning to God....   [tags: Morality]
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Moral Decline - I believe that America’s morality is on the decline. America has always been seen as a moral country but now the society in America has changed drastically. After William Bennett viewed polls showing that: “We Americans now place less value on what we owe others as a matter of moral obligation; less value on sacrifice as moral good, on social conformity, respectability, physical pleasure and sexuality-and correlatively greater value on things like self-expression, individualism, self-realization, and personal choice.” In the past some things that seemed unacceptable in society are now considered as acceptable....   [tags: Morality]
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Great Is the Reward - Are you exhausted with the big I little you. No ifs, ands, or buts, about it “United we stand divided we fall.” cease the conflicts over personal views of principle of relevance. From Homeric perspective, if we do not reward the virtuous and allow others to evade their just deserts for whatever inappropriate actions that they may take, have we then failed in our mission regardless of the value of our intentions. Louis Pojman, “affirmed that we should endeavor to create a world in which, the virtuous are rewarded and the vicious be punished in proportion to their relative deserts.” Like me, most of us would agree with an affirmative such as this....   [tags: Morality]
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Human Experimentation - Introduction: Throughout history there are many examples of humans conducting experiments on other humans. Over the years human experimentation has greatly advanced the knowledge of human physiology and psychology, leading to better treatments for ailments both physical and mental as well as a better overall understanding of the human constitution. Despite all of the good which human experimentation has done for the human race there have been times when experimenters have taken human experimentation past the bounds of morality....   [tags: Morality] 1043 words
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Ross's Discussion of Moral Epistemology in What Makes Right Acts Right?, - In Ross's discussion of moral epistemology in What Makes Right Acts Right?, he makes a number of claims for moral objectivity and a set of prima facie duties. In Ross's view, these prima facie duties should govern how we behave in every sort of moral situation. Much of Ross's argument depends on this duties being innate and objective. This paper will criticize Ross's claims, specifically on the grounds of the existence and objectivity of these prima facie duties. I intend to show that Ross's comparisons about prima facie duties and mathematical axioms are baseless and false....   [tags: Morality] 860 words
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Morality and Politics - ... St. Augustine has a different approach to knowledge, morality and politics and his method of using personal experience and personal conversion was different to that of Plato. Augustine’s theory of knowledge is mainly found in De Trinitate where he describes knowledge as support of faith. Knowledge therefore comes via faith which is important as faith plays a pivotal role in morality, in that belief in god will lead to ultimate happiness and morality, which is strongly linked to politics. Augustine believes that morality is found through God, in the ability to be rational....   [tags: History, Philosophy, Plato, St. Augustine] 1967 words
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Democratic Morality - Democratic morality rests on three key issues, each must be examined in light of the impact of large administrative organizations with substantial influence over the development of public policy. First, democratic morality assumes that the person, the individual, is the basic measure of human value. It is in the realization of the fullest potential of the individual that we come to judge our political and social system. It holds that institutions, policies, and the behavior of men are to be judged by one principle: man is the ultimate value of all human values....   [tags: Government]
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Morality of Today - ... Socrates tried to explore the world of femininity and discover the soul; he was killed for believing that there is more to an individual then what the divine interprets (Plato’s Apology). Unlike ancient times, a war of nations would not break out over a romantic conflict because women and men can choose whom they love. Logic has allowed modern culture to realize love, or the desire to be with someone is a feeling within your own soul. A woman should decide whom they should love, and unlike Homeric text, choice is a huge aspect of today’s morality....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Morality in Education - In the realm of IPods, text messaging, video chatting, online video games, and email, what does the average teen think about morals. Are the students of this generation receiving the moral support they need from their parents, schools, and community members. Should these entities even be involved in helping to develop students morality. How should morals be defined and whose are "right". These are all questions that a professional school counselor (PSC) will face and need to ask themselves regularly....   [tags: Education]
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On the Genealogy of Morality - ... Man’s development of “bad conscience” is a complicated process that sees its beginnings in slave morality’s doubling of the doer and the deed. According to Nietzsche, the slave (the weaker man) had developed ressentiment towards the noble (the stronger man), labeling the noble as evil and blaming him for slave’s suffering (20-22). The slave separated the noble (the doer) from his instinctive actions (the deeds) and claimed the noble possessed “free will;” the slave believed “the strong are free to be weak” (26)....   [tags: Philosophy, Nietzsche] 1185 words
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Evil and Morality - ... in Cahn 232). To have morals may seem to imply that the human being would have to have a conscious. Be aware of what is going on in their surroundings, and the ability to reply or to act on certain impulses that can be viewed as good or bad within their surroundings. Moral evils includes all evil caused deliberately by humans doing what they ought not to do (or allowed to occur by humans negligently failing to do what they ought to do) and also the evil constituted by such deliberate actions or negligent failure....   [tags: Religion, Spirituality]
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Morality of Giving - ... Now, if a person would be morally wrong not to save the child who is geographically near him, would he not be obligated to save the child in another country. Is having thousands of miles between the giver and the one in need a good enough reason for him not to have the same obligation to help. The clear conclusion is that, although there are far more people in dire need than one could ever help, one must give as much as he can. One must provide so much support where, by giving more, he would be worse off than the receiver of his gift....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Morality of Sex - One of the greatest issues that people struggle with is the morality of sex in different situations. Perhaps we worry about it so much because it is such an intimate and significant event. From a purely biological standpoint, sexual intercourse is the means for what might be considered the most important biological function of humans – reproduction, the continuation of our species. But, as beings concerned with not only the biological aspects of life but also with morality, we must ask the question: when is it morally appropriate to engage in sex....   [tags: Sex, argumentative, persuasive]
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Science and morality - ... This speed with which scientists can act is due to society’s acceptance of the scientific community. For the most part, many people encourage medical progress, however, there are certain areas that still fall under scrutiny. Two fields of advancement that have encountered controversy are those relating to stem cell research and germinal choice technology. These two fields are closely connected to one another, and represent the type of research that some people question in regards to morality and overstepping the boundaries of nature....   [tags: Scientific Research]
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Consumerism - America's public opinion: How much will morality cost. Is there a discount with that value. Today, we open our mailbox only to be bombarded by the next Visa ad "0% APR until 2010" and many American consider it, after all, the second refinanced mortgage payment is due soon. We are swiping away our values and mortgaging our morality all in pursuit of what American history has been found upon: consumerism. Through the history of this nation the ethnically and culturally different people who have helped build our material oriented society all have one thing in common: the American dream....   [tags: Morality] 967 words
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A Basis for Morality - A Basis for Morality In humanity's quest to distinguish itself from the rest of the animal world, a claim to morality has long been one of its greatest arguments. Perhaps second only to reason as a distinguishing characteristic, the ability to exhibit moral behavior instills in humans a distinct sense of natural order. Yet when anthropocentric egoism is dropped and we recognize that we are not, in fact, much different from other animals, our distinctive moral behavior begs explanation. What compels the majority of humans to behave morally....   [tags: Biology Essays Research Papers]
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Morality And Power - Thucydides’ written history of the Mytilenian Debate and the Melian Dialogue reflects the reality of a period where morality is dependent on the exercise of power and those who possess it. The main theme running through the course of these two debates is that those with the power to act as they wish inherently have the power to dictate morality. The arguments that decide the fate of the Mytilene are made not strictly on the basis of morality but on how their power allows them to exercise the moral course they choose....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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What is Morality? - What is Morality. Philosophers around the world have debated the meaning of morality for centuries. However, it is a word too subjective to be either denoted or defined. Aristotle, often referred to as the father of philosophy, advised that one could determine what is moral by examining the mean between two “less desirable” extremes. For example, courage is a mean between fear and thoughtless rashness; generosity, between extravagance and parsimony. Plato argued that “to know the good is to do the good.” In other words, those who behave immorally due so out of mere ignorance, not defiance....   [tags: Papers] 593 words
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What Is Morality - Definition essay: What is Morality. I'll tell you that morality is probably one of the biggest, most confusing things to look at when you need to write a paper about it. After some deliberation, I have concluded a few things about morality and what it is. Morality is one of those words that you don't hear very often, and use even less frequently. It is perfectly described by Webster's Dictionary as a set of guidelines that govern a person's actions. Without such a code, anarchy would rule supreme....   [tags: essays research papers] 424 words
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Law And Morality - Law and Morality It is not an everyday occurrence that someone must decide the fate of another's life. The dilemma of making a decision that someone must die in order for the others to survive, can obviously be troubling. The process in which the termination of one's life may be easy to make, but to justify that decision is the most difficult one. This paper is given a situation in which a decision of taking one's life is essential. The situation is that a nuclear war has occurred, which has destroyed most of the centres of civilization....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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The Morality of Abortion - The Morality of Abortion Abortion is the termination of a foetus whilst in the womb and is a constantly argued issue in today's society. Whether abortion is moral or immoral depends on many topics and on one particular topic; when does life start. In 1976 the "Abortion act" was made active in England and Wales. This allowed the termination of a foetus aged up to 28 weeks, and for the first time women had the right to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. However limitations were still placed on why a termination could occur; the mothers life physical or mental health must have been at risk due to the pregnancy....   [tags: Papers] 1491 words
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Morality and God - Morality and God The belief that morality requires God remains a widely held moral maxim. In particular, it serves as the basic assumption of the Christian fundamentalist's social theory. Fundamentalists claim that all of society's troubles - everything from AIDS to out-of-wedlock pregnancies - are the result of a breakdown in morality and that this breakdown is due to a decline in the belief of God. This paper will look at different examples of how a god could be a bad thing and show that humans can create rules and morals all on their own....   [tags: Papers] 1376 words
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Kantian Morality - Kantian Morality Kant's theory of morality seems to function as the most feasible in determining one's duty in a moral situation. The basis for his theory is perhaps the most noble of any-- acting morally because doing so is morally right. His ideas, no matter how occasionally vague or overly rigid, work easily and efficiently in most situations. Some exceptions do exist, but the strength of those exceptions may be somewhat diminished by looking at the way the actual situations are presented and the way in which they are handled....   [tags: essays research papers] 1061 words
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Machiavelli And Morality - When reading Niccolo Machiavelli’s The Prince, one can’t help but grasp Machiavelli’s argument that morality and politics can not exist in the same forum. However, when examining Machiavelli’s various concepts in depth, one can conclude that perhaps his suggested violence and evil is fueled by a moral end of sorts. First and foremost, one must have the understanding that this book is aimed solely at the Prince or Emperor with the express purpose of aiding him in maintaining power. Therefore, it is essential to grasp his concepts of fortune and virtue....   [tags: essays research papers] 1543 words
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KANT AND MORALITY - Kant and Morality Kant had a different ethical system which was based on reason. According to Kant reason was the fundamental authority in determining morality. All humans possess the ability to reason, and out of this ability comes two basic commands: the hypothetical imperative and the categorical imperative. In focusing on the categorical imperative, in this essay I will reveal the underlying relationship between reason and duty. The categorical imperative suggests that a course of action must be followed because of its rightness and necessity....   [tags: essays research papers] 586 words
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hierarchy of Morality - Excerpt from “The Immorality of Morals and the Future of Amorality” Most authors seem to promote one or the other of two functions for morality, internal cohesion and external threat. However morality served both equally well. In Darwinism, Dominance and Democracy by Somit and Peterson, the authors state, "Humans are social primates, closely (almost embarrassingly) akin genetically to the chimpanzees and only slightly less so to the gorillas. Working over at least 10 million years, natural selection has endowed the social primates with a predisposition (to understate the matter) for hierarchical social structures....   [tags: essays research papers] 976 words
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Morality is Relative - Morality is Relative James Rachels' article, "Morality is Not Relative," is incorrect, he provides arguments that cannot logically be applied or have no bearing on the statement of contention. His argument, seems to favor some of the ideas set forth in cultural relativism, but he has issues with other parts that make cultural relativism what it is. The first mistake is in his comparison following the example of there being different moral codes. In outlining and explaining the cultural differences argument, he gives an example that he began the article with regarding the Callatians and the Greeks, and their differences in funerary practices....   [tags: Papers] 634 words
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Political Morality - In Webster's dictionary, morality is defined as "principles of right and wrong in conduct; ethics." The principles of morality have countless times evolved over the ages. In earlier times, death was an easy penalty for many crimes. These crimes today are considered minor and are penalized with a slap on the hand. Is this considered wrong. Who is the correct authority to consult on what is right or wrong. In today's society, two major factors concern how the way members of society act and behave....   [tags: essays research papers] 893 words
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The Morality of Atheism - That there is a difference between religion and morality is uncontroversial. How can atheism be interpreted as a moral alternative. Although religion and morality reflect different values, they are deeply tangled for most individuals. In many cases, a person’s moral principles are grounded in religious commitments. In other cases, people find the source of morality outside of religion, such as the inherent value of all human beings. My central claim is that atheism rather than a theologically based value system offers the moral high ground....   [tags: essays research papers] 1173 words
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Analysis Of Morality - The Republicans Were Right, But – “The sanctity of the oath” (Keillor 102), the controversial hot topic of this year. This is a subject that has sparked great debates not only to those in Congress, but among the American people as well. Some hold the oath as a promise of civility and humanity. On the other hand, others view the morality the oath is supposed to stand for as unreachable and unattainable. In my opinion Garrison Keillor sums it up in his essay, “The Republicans Were Right, But.” I feel this is a good essay based upon the author’s argument of morality, his use of symbolism, and the entire structure of the essay....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Music and Morality - Music and Morality "Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man, and make gentle the life of this world." This famous Robert Kennedy quote reminds us of how influential our predecessors were to us in many different facets, including music. Throughout history, we see how dearly important music and the morality of music were for many societies. As early as 400 B.C.E, during the time of philosophers like Socrates and Plato, music (although much different from what it is today) greatly influenced the mores of society....   [tags: Music] 1458 words
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The Morality of Euthanasia - The Morality of Euthanasia Technology has brought about drastic changes in the morality of today’s society. One organization it has greatly effected is the medical field. Few would argue with the fact that medical technology has greatly improved the quality of life. However, with doctors and other health care workers having the authority to contribute to both the patients’ well-being and inevitable death, society believes there should be limits to best serve the patient’s wishes. The controversial issue that society now stands against, and questions is the practice of euthanasia....   [tags: Papers] 1398 words
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Ethics and Morality - Ethics and Morality Is it immoral for a person to write lies on his/her resume. This question poses many questions in it's self. How fictitious is the lie, what are you lying about, what could be the consequences of this lie and whom and how will this lie affect the people involved. How would John Stuart Mill answer this question. Mill's general position seem to be that one should do what will produce the most happiness, pleasure and with the absence of pain. With this in mind for one to falsify their resume will produce the greater happiness to that person, and family....   [tags: Papers] 1363 words
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Terrorism and Morality - Terrorism and Morality      In the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001 and the U.S. military action in Afghanistan, moral questions have arisen. This essay will consider such questions.   Many Church leaders and leading thinkers in the United States have strongly defended the U.S. use of military force in the wake of Sept. 11. Yet outside the States the talk is less about just-war and more about economic and social inequalities. The first and overriding inequality Americans face at the moment is this one: The real murderers, the architects of these murders, are alive and determined to kill again, while the murder victims have been robbed of their lives, their futures, their hopes, dreams and families....   [tags: September 11 Terrorism Essays]
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The Morality of CCTV - The Morality of CCTV Closed-circuit television is widely used in England as a deterrent to crime. It is also used sparingly in Scotland, Times Square, and Atlantic City. The idea is to capture crimes or images of potential criminals on video surveillance tape so that the criminal can be identified. The dilemma of this practice comes from the moral conflict it creates. Do the civil liberties and privacy issues that are taken away justify the protection and safety that CCTV provides. This paper will look at the moral, statistical, and ethical issues of CCTV....   [tags: Argumentative Persuasive Closed Circuit Essays]
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Teaching Morality - Teaching Morality In The Night is Dark and I am Far From Home, Jonathan Kozol writes that "The first goal and primary function of the U.S. public school is not to educate good people, but good citizens." (1). He implies that the public school has no function but to turn out people who will vote, pay their taxes, and follow the nations laws without protest. If this is so, and I believe that it is, should the philosophy of the public school system be changed to produce morally upright individuals....   [tags: Education Public Schools] 941 words
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The Morality of Abortions - The Morality of Abortions Abortion’s legalization through Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade, has allowed for one in three pregnancies to end in abortion. This means that 1.5 million abortions are performed in the United States each year (Flanders 3). It ranks among the most complex and controversial issues, arousing heated legal, political, and ethical debates. The modern debate over abortion is a conflict of competing moral ideas and of fundamental human rights: to life, to privacy, to control over one's own body....   [tags: Abortion Moral Ethics Pregnancy Essays]
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Morality of Abortion - Morality of Abortion For the past couple of decades, the issue of abortion has been the most heated topic debated in the United States. When considering this topic, one must look at three things: ethics, emotions and the law; for all of these are important to this issue. Like any debate, there are two sides to this issue: pro-choice and pro-life. The people who are pro- abortion say that the mother is the ultimate person to decide to abort a pregnancy and that the government should not get involved....   [tags: essays research papers] 1453 words
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The Morality of Torture - The Morality of Torture The moral issue of torture is one that has come under scrutiny by many national and international organizations as of late. To talk about torture one must really understand what torture is. As taken from Dictionary.com “1.a. Infliction or severe physical pain as a means of punishment or coercion. b. An instrument or a method for inflicting such pain. 2. Excruciating physical or mental pain; agony. 3. Something causing severe pain or anguish.” This is just the literal meaning of the word but doesn’t entail the great horror that usually accompanies torture....   [tags: Morals Torturing Human Rights Essays] 1333 words
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The Morality of Divorce - The Morality of Divorce It is estimated that nearly one in three marriages in Britain end in divorce. There are many mixed views on divorce throughout the world but British society has been dominated in its attitude towards divorce by Christian teachings based on the New Testament. According to Christianity, a marriage should be loving, permanent, life long and committed. Such messages are found in the Bible: ====================================================================== 'a wife must not leave her husband…and a husband must not divorce his wife' (1 Corin, 7:10-12) ===================================================================== Jesus taught that divorce was wrong and the Christian Church agreed....   [tags: Papers] 1029 words
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Morality is Universal - Morality is Universal Throughout history, humankind has looked back to the past, to seek the truth about morals, religion, and how they both impact and define civilization. Stories and myths from ancient Greece show overbearing resemblance to our own Bible as both shun the many temptations of our soul either by teaching the value of a characteristic or warning of the "ill fruits reaped". Dante Alighieri revealed in his Divine Comedy that "Pride, Envy, and Avarice are the three sparks, [the three universal deadly sins] that have set these hearts on fire" (Bartlett 80)....   [tags: Papers] 1220 words
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Morality: You Be the Judge - ... As time progresses, Emerson comes to have some major problems with Christianity. He thinks that Christians are too focused on miracles and Jesus himself, and he also feels that many of Christianity’s events and teachings are stuck in the past; they aren’t relevant to present day life (CITE). Consequently, both Darwin and Emerson have to find new ways of living from which they can obtain their morals, since they no longer feel that they should live explicitly by the rules of Christianity. Subsequently, both philosophers began to develop new theories and ways of thinking by using their own original ideas, which help them to determine the source from where they obtain their morals....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Morality in the Judicial Process - Justices must by necessity implicitly or explicitly consider questions of wisdom, justice, social harm and morality when deciding if a statute is unconstitutional. They should ensure that all these considerations are rooted in constitutional principles and constitutional questions. Society should not imagine these considerations are not present in judicial reasoning, nor should justices be ruled by them. The questions justices properly ask when deciding if a statute is unconstitutional are shaped by a moral vision of the proper role of the judiciary in representative democracy....   [tags: Ethics]
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Religion vs. Morality - ... For no one would question whether or not it is moral to feed the hungry instead of the rich(Matthew 5-7). Harris then begins to use passages from the Old Testament to flourish his argument against the morality of Christianity, yet he neglects Christ’s true essence. If Harris is as versed as he claims to be, he would know that Christ became the neutralizer for all forms of brutality of the Old Testament, and to some extent, anger of God. Harris, then, must know that Christ, while he did preached of the repercussions of not accepting him as one’s only savior, he preached of loving one another, even one’s enemies, which in the old Testament would have been taboo....   [tags: Ethics ]
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Medieval Morality Plays - Medieval Morality Plays      Throughout time, there have been many books, plays, songs, pamphlets, sermons, lectures, etc. written. These writings were all written with some kind of purpose to either inform, persuade, entertain, or teach their audience. One such form of literature not too widely known about is that of the medieval morality plays. These plays were not aimed to entertain, but to teach morals and religion to the uneducated lower classes of people in medieval Europe. The morality plays were also quite necessary to teach and inform the underclass people, through the thoughtful persuasion of play entertainment....   [tags: Mystery Plays History Historical Essays]
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Morality vs. Culture - Is morality Relative to culture. This argument’s foundation is the basic question on whether morality is relative to culture, or owns own desires. The pros of this argument are that we get to establish whether or not morality is a true sense of justice. As Melville J. Herskovitz indicates who is in favor of the cultural relativism notion, “Morality is a diverse unique variation of codes and ethics threat arises from culture to culture, belief to belief.” He argues that we cannot judge society based on its laws, and that we have to right to declare them inhumane....   [tags: essays research papers] 383 words
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Morality and Religion Debate - Morality and Religion Debate In an organized religion debate, Alan Dershowitz and Alan Keyes contended many issues on religion and morality. Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard law professor, believed that "morality can be maintained without religion." He also stated that it must be maintained without religion because times have changed. He said that if religion is not separated from state it could have severe damage, such as the Crusades and the Holocaust. Dershowitz believes that there is a difference between morality and religion....   [tags: Papers Religion] 1150 words
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Link Between Religion and Morality - Link Between Religion and Morality One critique of the link between religion and morality comes from Professor Chung, who believed he was a moral atheist and that you do not have to be religious to be moral, and that religion does not automatically mean that you possess moral authority. His position argues that religion in fact corrupts a person's morality and makes them less moral. Professor Chung first points out that although in our society religious rules and societies morals are closely interlinked it does not mean that religious people are qualified to decide the correct moral action one should take in a certain situation....   [tags: Papers] 1067 words
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Joan Didion's On Morality - Morality is, in essence, subjugated by he who defines it. This being the case, morality (defined as right or wrong, good or evil) is malleable as long as it does not impede upon any “ipso facto virtue';(Didion). In the essay “On Morality';, by Joan Didion, this aspect ‘on morality’ is composed. This will be utilized to verify that William Saroyan’s (author of “Five Ripe Pears) guilt of an immoral action is conflicting given specified conditions....   [tags: essays research papers] 677 words
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The Effect of Morality and Justice on Law - The Effect of Morality and Justice on Law Over the years, the legal personnel of the English Legal System have tried to separate law from morality and justice. This has proven to be quite a hard task considering the fact that even the House of Lords judges allow their morals to influence their decisions on certain cases. I think it is difficult to separate morality from law because most of the laws in Britain are an example of enacted morality, such as the law on manslaughter and murder, which echoes the commandment "Thou shalt not kill." Separating justice from law is just as hard....   [tags: Papers] 845 words
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Exploring Values and Morality - The Why's of Life Almost never did I question what I knew as "right," until one day in high school when I was faced with an angry teenage boy who aggressively challenged my beliefs by patronizing me with questions such as, "Why are you working so hard in school?" "Why are you trying to save the world?" and "Why do you even care?!" My world as I knew it suddenly became very fuzzy for a moment, but only for a moment for the questions had to be forced back into the depths of my head to be dealt with at a later time (I could not let this boy see that he had stumped me)....   [tags: Ethics Values School Essays]
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The Objectivity and Rationality of Morality - The Objectivity and Rationality of Morality According to Kant morality is rational and objective. It is based on rational human reasoning. For Kant it is not the consequences of an action that make it moral but the reasoning or intention that goes behind the choices one makes. What Kant is saying is that the only thing which can be qualified as good is good intention....   [tags: Papers] 1134 words
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