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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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Is Religion Necessary for Morality to Exist? - Religion and morality cannot be separated. Nietzsche questions if morality is even necessary. Is gravity necessary. Yes, it is the force that keeps the world from falling apart more than it already does. Murdoch asks if religion is necessary for morality to exist, which is answered by a second question, “Can a society build a stable structure of morality apart from that which it intrinsically is?" Finally, she goes on to discuss what morality would look like outside of religion. The objective structure for morality is God, as such, one cannot truly have morality, or virtue, outside of God....   [tags: Ethics and Morality Essays]
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The Construction of Morality: Philosophers - Many political philosophers use the theme of morality to introduce their theories of civilization. Human morals are intertwined with the political system and are presented in human nature. By definition, morality is the distinction between right and wrong. Thus, philosophers use the concept of morality in the same distinction, but understand and apply them in different context depending on their theories. The interpretations vary between political thinkers.; One particular pair of theorists believe morals are presented in the lives of humans, but created in a different manner....   [tags: Jacques Rousseau, morality, thinkers]
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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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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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Philosophies of Augustine, Descartes, Arendt on Morality - Philosophical musings on the nature of morality are often expressed by thinkers who focus on human nature. Among the factors which determine human behaviour, a moral analysis of the concepts of right and wrong is often prominent. In investigating human behaviour through the relationship between reflection and action, this morality is often observed. Therefore, in the course currently entitled Human Sciences 101: Reflection and Action, both phiolosophy and morality are key themes. However, the calendar description for the course is as follows, “What is the relationship between thinking and action....   [tags: reflection, action, morality] 1413 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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Morality and Character of King Henry V - ... When he sets his mind to this he carefully presents himself as a respectful character but makes it clear that he is unstoppable. King Henry often uses his tactics to pressure enemies into doing something that Henry wants for him or his nation. For example, King Henry threatens the leaders of France in Harfleur by saying that if France does not surrender, the French will be responsible for whatever Henry decided to do. Obviously Henry would decide to create a riot and make war. This shows how determined he is to what he wants for himself and England....   [tags: play, soldiers, morality] 726 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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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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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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Rhetorical Strategies Used in The Morality of Birth Control Speech by Margaret Sanger - The emotional state of any given person’s mind can determine the way in which they think, act, behave, or respond to any certain event. When used correctly, persuasion is a deadly weapon at the tip of your tongue, and it certainly can, and will, help you obtain your desired outcome. So, if anyone may not know, what do you truthfully use to manipulate the thoughts of others. Well, whether you are aware or not, your strategies more than likely fall under ethos, pathos, or logos, that of which, I would like to uncover in the speech of Margaret Sanger....   [tags: The Morality of Birth Control]
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Britain’s Separation from the Slave Trade: An Act of Morality - ... This decision meant that slaves could not be forcibly returned to their masters in England, but this decision did not end slavery. Nor did it end the slave trade; many slaves were sold on British Soil thereafter. Despite all of this, it provided a devastating blow to planters and slave owners, and widely publicized the abolition movement. Several years later the abolition movement would gain more publicity with a legal case relating to the Zong ship in 1783. The Zong was a Liverpool vessel carrying four-hundred and seventy tightly packed slaves from Africa to Jamaica in 18713....   [tags: abolish, trade, morality, inhumanness] 1399 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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A Good Man is Hard to Find: Morality through Various Literary Devices - Flannery O’Connor’s short story, A Good Man is Hard to Find, cleverly conveys morality through various literary devices. Her allegory is heavily loaded with irony and cryptic motifs. The diction and dialogue in the story is constructed very deliberately. The story portrays individuals with distorted dispositions on morality and the concept of ‘a good man’. And through their interactions, O’Connor is able to convey their misguided dispositions. The main character of the story is the nameless grandmother....   [tags: flanney o'connor, good man, morality] 572 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 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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On the Genealogy of Morality - Friedrich Nietzsche’s “On the Genealogy of Morality” includes his theory on man’s development of “bad conscience.” Nietzsche believes that when transitioning from a free-roaming individual to a member of a community, man had to suppress his “will to power,” his natural “instinct of freedom”(59). The governing community threatened its members with punishment for violation of its laws, its “morality of customs,” thereby creating a uniform and predictable man (36). With fear of punishment curtailing his behavior, man was no longer allowed the freedom to indulge his every instinct....   [tags: Philosophy, Nietzsche] 1185 words
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The Origin of Morality - Judgments of the heart between good and evil, right and wrong that is moralities purest form. Morality is a misleading mistress because, whatever is decided as moral and immoral can be just as easily justified as the opposite in a new era. Many with a rationalist view will describe morality as a virtue which allows for laws and justice to take place. An immoral action is an action taken through the perpetrator believing they will receive no punishment. A question is then presented why are there such distinct classifications of morality and immorality....   [tags: good and evil, philosophy, plato]
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The Surge of Morality - The Surge of Morality Morality in its actuality boils down to different meaning from perspectives that are not necessarily good or bad. The application of morality determines how it can be explained. This shows how an outward appearance defines morality. The concept of morality identifies what is to be done and why it is done in certain ways. However, the existence of conscience gives rise to the definition of a moral act. It is only expected that a moral act answers to the circumstances surrounding a good or a bad intention....   [tags: instinctive following of rules]
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The Acquisition of Morality - ... Although the case for neutral human morality is pretty straightforward there are two other views on the topic. The case that humans are innately good and the case that we are innately evil and must be taught better by religious or spiritual influences. This sentiment that people are sinful and need to be “saved” is common view shared by Christianity and other major religions. There are several parts of the bible that can be used to look at this assertion, in particular we will turn to the writings of St....   [tags: Steinbeck, Plato, St. Matthew]
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Morality and Politics - Morality and politics have always been closely linked; even in present day politics, morality often has a part to play. Morality within politics has always been a controversial and highly debated topic by many leading political thinkers. There have been many key thinkers on the subject; however, Plato and Augustine have both an interesting and highly debated view on the argument of whether politics should be focused on morality. Both Plato and Augustine had differing views on the ideas of politics and the role that morality plays within this....   [tags: History, Philosophy, Plato, St. Augustine] 1967 words
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Morality and Politics - ... Also if a person just cast his vote, because his thinking match with candidate or they have same moral choices then also it will be injustice to other people. Let’s take another example. If a person or group comes in government and impose their law and regulation on public according to their believes, that may be accepts by some percentage of population but not by all then also it is wrong. So, is this morality driven politics healthy for our society. In this term paper we will study those cases where morality and personal views interfere in politics....   [tags: philosophical analysis] 810 words
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Origins of Morality - The moral philosophy that we know and recognize today in the Western world is slave morality, a morality which puts forward ideals of fairness, equality, and democracy. However, many centuries ago during the medieval times, master morality was the norm; a morality that favors those superior in strength, beauty, intelligence, and status. Master morality preceded slave morality. Friedrich Nietzsche was a philologist, who used his knowledge of words to trace the origins of morality from their ancient definitions....   [tags: Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean Jacques Rousseau] 1399 words
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Morality in Education - Morality in Education INTRODUCTION “Where there is righteousness in heart, There is beauty in character. Where there is beauty in character, There’s harmony in the home. Where there is harmony in the home, There is order in the nation. Where there is order in the nation, There is peace in the world.” As rightly and beautifully expressed in this old hymn, it all starts with what lies inside of us. When all of us are moral and our deeds are pure, the society automatically becomes harmonious. Harmonious society lays the foundation for order within the nation....   [tags: beauty in character, righteousness in heart]
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What is Morality? - One of the most persistently asked and perpetually unanswered questions in psychology is the question of morality. What is it, how does it develop, and where does it come from. A basic definition of morality is “beliefs about what is right behavior and what is wrong behavior” (Merriam-Webster). Based on the definition, the question then becomes even more complicated; How do people decide what is right and what is wrong. Research has examined this from many different angles, and two distinct schools of thought have emerged....   [tags: behavior, empathy, fairness]
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Morality of Today - Olympian morality was potent in ancient Greek society yet it is incomplete by today’s moral standards of what is acceptable. Modern morality is not only taught through actions, stories or experiences however constructed by the feelings within. In both, The Iliad and the Hesiod, external actions are the most important however, without logos, a look into the soul no decisions are made by choice. Eris, the force of pulling apart and Eros, the force of pushing together were vital pieces in the aspect of morality through traditional Greek society....   [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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Evil and Morality - The existence of God may mean a great deal too many people; however does his existence mean that he can control evil and morality in humans. Human beings are born every second, minute, and hour of the day. Each human being born will hopefully grow up and make something of themselves, to ultimately become contributing members of society. In order to do so, each individual human being may battle what many before him or her may battle each day, and that is evil and morality and possibly the existence of a God that could control one or the other; or possibly both....   [tags: Religion, Spirituality]
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Morality in Macbeth - ... He was very beloved and seen as a worthy man. Another example when morality is shown in the play is after Macbeth fights for his country and is later rewarded for his actions. Macbeth is a noble man who fought and put the welfare of the country above his own. Ross explains the greatness of Macbeth, “ From Fife, great King, where the Norweyan banners flout the sky and fan our people cold. Norway himself, with terrible numbers, assisted by that most disloyal traitor, the thane of Cawdor, began a dismal conflict, till that Bellona’s bridegroom, lapped in proof, confronted him with self-comparisons, point against point, rebellious arm 'gainst arm, curbing his lavish spirit; and to conclude,...   [tags: Shakespeare plays] 945 words
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Morality of Giving - How much money is one morally obligated to give to relief overseas. Many In people would say that although it is a good thing to do, one is not obligated to give anything. Other people would say that if a person has more than he needs, then he should donate a portion of what he has. Peter Singer, however, proposes a radically different view. His essay, “Famine, Affluence, and Morality,” focuses on the Bengal crisis in 1971 and claims that one is morally obligated to give as much as possible. His thesis supports the idea that “We ought to give until we reach the level of marginal utility – that is, the level at which, by giving more, I would cause as much suffering to myself or my dependents...   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Morality and Society - “Man is a moral being, only because he lives in society. Let all social life disappear and morality will disappear with it” – Emile Durkheim The statement that has been put forward by Emile Durkheim is valid in many ways, and I do believe it is agreeable. A person’s character or the guidelines that lead him through life are impacted by society. Not only are we put on a certain path by society, but we are set out to achieve the perception of what is truly right. Also 'right' can be objectified in many ways, yet that which separates moral from immoral is society itself....   [tags: literary analysis, emile durkheim]
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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 - Progression is a natural occurrence in human life as well as society. Natural curiosity, coupled with a desire for self improvement, has propelled mankind into the age of science and technology. As society progresses, so, too, does human life continue to advance and improve. Medical advances have allowed humans to overcome disease and illness, and ultimately prolog human life. For example, the success of stem cell research has granted doctors the resources to replace damaged cells and begin to repair severe injuries....   [tags: Scientific Research]
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Morality of Sexuality - In our society there are many hate crimes and senseless murders against targeted citizens. In a story from CNN, a twenty year old, African American man was brutally beat by four aggressors, while walking into a convenience store. When he came out he was jumped unexpectedly by men outside the store. While assaulting the man they yelled “no faggots in Jack City”. Jack City is nickname for a suburban area in Atlanta, Georgia where the assailants lived. Humiliation played a big part in this incident because while Brandon White was being assaulted, non-violent participants where videotaping the whole incident (Basu, Moni, Police Arrest...)....   [tags: Religion, homosexuality, New Testament]
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Relationships and Morality - Problem: The ideals of Western Society are based on Christian teaching combined with Greek and Roman Philosophy. This creates questions about what types of relationships between people are moral. Such as, should our society recognize gay marriage, or civil union, or neither. An ethical answer that stays true to the foundational basis of Western society can only be formulated by the subjectiveness of “right” depending entirely on what history decrees and the examination of these crucial concepts....   [tags: Marriage, Civil Union, Natural Law] 1277 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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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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The Nature of Evil - Evil is the violation of a moral code. Evil is the dualistic opposite of good. Evil causes harm. While scattered dictionaries may offer these clear-cut definitions, in reality a theme so prevalent in all spheres of life from the dawn of man takes on limitless forms. The word itself has come to symbolize the dividing line between regular people and callous monsters; demonic criminals who show no sign of compassion and no adherence to virtue. Ideas concerning evil have been strung along through the schools of theology, the minds of society, and the theories of philosophy throughout the history of mankind....   [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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Morality is the Basis of Life - Life comes with many questions. Everyone has their own wonders, but there are many of the same questions that are asked numerous times. One that crosses the minds of nearly everyone is, “Why am I the way that I am?” The answer to this question is morality. Morality is the reason we act, think, discriminate, and speak; it is what distinguishes right from wrong. Some believe that morality comes with birth, and others believe that it is taught by parents and surroundings. Whichever way it may be, researchers are discovering that our morals are evolving in astonishing ways, and our lives are immensely affected by them....   [tags: Phylosophy, Life ]
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Morality: Comparing Hobbes and Machiavelli - One of the main premises of Leviathan and The Prince is morality. Where morality comes from, how it affects people under a political structure and how human nature contributes or doesn’t to morality. Hobbes and Machiavelli differ widely on each subject. Machiavelli’s views on morality, based upon a literal interpretation of the satire The Prince, is very much a practical and realistic approach to the nature of morality and human nature. Hobbes’ views, based in Leviathan, are of a more idealistic nature, and my views are a little in between the two....   [tags: Hobbes vs Machiavelli] 1216 words
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Philosophy: Epictetus and Ethics - ... They should concentrate on doing their best for themselves and their families. Many people are jealous of the accomplishments of others so they resort to criticisms to make themselves appear better. Several of the rules by Epictetus spoke of death. Epictetus considered death an inevitable event and not a terrible occasion. He counseled against wanting temporary material possessions. Epictetus wanted people to embrace a logical and sensible approach to death. Having an excessive attachment to someone is detrimental because everyone dies....   [tags: morality] 764 words
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Democratic Morality and the Administrative Law - John Rohr views on Democratic Morality and the Administrative Law and how these laws affect the organizations. Democratic Morality deals with the issue that large organizations will have more control or influence on the development of policy. The Administrative law is concern with the legal aspect of the organization and the fairness across the board. The author examines the administrative law of democratic morality between the periods of 1800s and 1900s, with emphasis on the how democratic morality was used to bring about changes in the organizations....   [tags: Politics] 1994 words
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Morality and Economics are Closely Related - ... Our daily decisions are in the main economic decisions, and nearly all our daily economic decisions have, in turn, an ethical aspect.” The society we have created, materialism engulfs moral commitment. We have achieved rapid growth that is not sustainable to the environment or socially, acting together to address our common needs does not exist ( Siglitz,2). The government passes laws and regulations that enable people to choose some of their utility from non-exchanged goods, such as minimum wage....   [tags: right and wrong, human actions] 576 words
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Happiness as it Relates to Morality - Happiness as it relates to morality The word philosophy was coined by the noble Greek men as “the love of wisdom”. In approximately 400 B.C., Greek men began to discover their unhappiness with supernatural and mythical explanations of reality-the only explanations presented to them at the era. The noblemen began to deduce that there was a coherent or logical order to the universe. Philosophers such as Aristotle, Plato and Socrates began an in-depth exploration of this theory of a rational and orderly world....   [tags: philosophy, ethics] 1270 words
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The Decline of Morality in Schools - One morning in April 1999, the calm was shattered in the town of Littleton, near Denver, Colorado, U.S.A. Two youths in black trench coats entered the local high school and began shooting at students and teachers. They also detonated bombs. Twelve students and a teacher were killed, and more than 20 were wounded. The perpetrators ended the massacre by taking their own lives. They were only 17 and 18 years old. This is but one incident fostered by the decline of morality as a whole in society today....   [tags: Social Studies]
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Contrasting Kand and Hume on Morality - ... Kantian ethics would say that we have a duty to act morally good, but where does duty come from. Kant argues that only acts performed out of duty have moral worth, where a sort of special esteem comes from these acts. This duty often goes against a person's desires, but it still comes from within ourselves to want to uphold moral order, where rational incentives matter more than their opposing desires. Hume on the other hand notes that since moral decisions affect actions, while decisions of reason do not, morality must not be based on reason....   [tags: ethics, philosophical studies and discussion]
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The Ambiguity of Morality and Ethicality - ... Throughout all 4 experiments the psychological concept of morality is examined through the variables of time and money, and the hypothesis that money puts either a weight on morality, or drives amorality, while time in excess makes us increasingly ethical with the inverse being true. Due to the disposition of our current society, in which we are highly consumption-motivated, it is assumed that an individual will attempt to maximize their welfare, and be guided by self-progression. (Lewis and Mackenzie, 2012) consequently when the opportunity to cheat arises, those who were unable to complete the tasks to a degree where they believed their time had been well spent, seized the chance to fu...   [tags: christian salvation, moral code] 862 words
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can rationality and morality coincide - To begin, one can define rationality as a quality of being agreeable to reason. It is when a person does the correct or valid reason in his or her head. It is the correct thing that one honestly considers to be the right thing. On the other hand, morality can be defined as the quality to act properly, it is the way a person conducts or behaves. Morality is about the rightness or the wrongness of something. A good example for morality is that the way a person treats another which can be like if a person needs respect from another, he or she has to show respect to others....   [tags: Value Domains, Rational Agent]
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The relationship between morality and religiosity - Religiosity and morality stood out because it is a controversial topic that is compelling to learn about. Everyday life can be affected by these two factors in a positive or negative light. People do not usually think about the morals they obtain and where their morals came from. Researching this topic and understanding the relationship between these two issues will provide a better, clearer view of how people respond in different situations. The relationship between religiosity and morality are contingent on one another....   [tags: Negative Behavior, Empathy]
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Sexual Morality and Social Context - Sexual Morality “There must be integrity between body and life. You must not do with your body what you’re not willing to do with your whole life” (Keller). Keller is directly talking about our individual sexual morality and how or how not it should be perceived in a social context. Most people think sexual dilemmas of it in a broader spectrum, not directly related to one’s morality, by saying “this act isn’t right” where others may simply say “why not”. Yet, what justifies an act for one person and condemns it for another....   [tags: communal, benchmark, social, relationship] 1715 words
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The Relationship Between Religion and Morality - In one of our EN 102 session, we watched the documentary “Middle sexes, Redefining He and She” which educates us about inter-sexed people. Filmmaker Antony Thomas explores the issue of gender and sex, presents facts and imagery of varying expressions of gender in various cultures, and introduces scientific studies that support gender roles are not as simple as male and female. This powerful film evokes strong emotions; it is troubling to witness the intolerance and aggression that the characters and their families have to deal with every day....   [tags: Ethics ]
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The Ethics and Morality of Eugenics in Society - My research revolves around the ethics and morality of eugenics (Science of heredity and good breeding), and whether society should be in favor of influencing genetics in order to create a more favorable genetic pool. This topic interests me because I find great interest in political and cultural issues, and I have always been fascinated by whether eugenics would actually work and if governments should be in support of it. The sources I found were all scientific journals from credible books. I did this to because I needed to gain information on studies that have taken place in the name of eugenics as well as establish that eugenics is high priority within the scientific community.Taking this...   [tags: disabled, eugenics, influencing genetics]
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Morality: You Be the Judge - For many centuries, man’s ability to rationalize and make good decisions has always been in debate. Through this rationalization, morals, or the rules that govern one’s ability to determine what is right and what is wrong, begin to develop. For some, these morals are drawn out and predetermined by a divine being, but others derive their morals from other means. Charles Darwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson fail to obtain their sense of morality from religion, so they formulate their own new ideas from which they acquire their morals, although these ideas are very different....   [tags: Philosophy ]
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Law and Morality in Literature - ... Antigone’s character believes in morality, whereas Creon detaches morality from law “for the political expediency of deterring rebellion” (Whiteley 760). When Antigone breaks the law, Creon must punish her or be deemed an ineffective leader. Nevertheless, Creon’s decision to punish Antigone, although legally correct, results in the death of both his son and his wife; Creon loses everything on account of following his own law, while Antigone is victorious even in death. Interestingly, the reader is privy only to Antigone’s thought processes; “Sophocles affords scarcely any insight into Creon’s deliberations” (Whiteley 761)....   [tags: A Man for All Seasons, Antigone] 2069 words
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Religion and Morality in Major Barbara - “It is not my business to flatter the Salvation Army”. “It (the Salvation Army) is even more dependent than the church (church of England) on rich people who would cut off supplies at once if it began to preach dispensable revolt against poverty which also must be a revolt against riches”. Shaw makes the above comments in the preface to Major Barbara. He presents this view of religious organizations role playing as tools of social engineering for the rich among other controversial views on morality and religion, particularly directed on Christian beliefs of the Salvation Army, one of the foremost organizations of Christianity of his time....   [tags: Major Barbara Essays]
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The Argument of the Legality and Morality of Euthanasia - Euthanasia is the act of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. The House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics of England defines euthanasia as a deliberate intervention undertaken with the intention of ending a life, to relieve suffering(Harris, NM. 2001)., in the Netherlands euthanasia is defined as the termination of life by a doctor at the request of a patient(BBC,2011). The right to die debate posses a great number of legal, moral and ethical issues. Proponents and supporters of euthanasia had presented valid arguments: people have the right of self-determination and that is why they should be allowed to choose their own fate; is a better choice to assist an i...   [tags: Autonomy, Right to Die]
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Is Christianity a Slave Morality? - ... Having to read Nietzsche whose ideals he felt denounced what he valued most and incorrect assumptions made by him being a Nazi, caused him to express distaste. This caused me to not inquire more on the topic for quite some time. Then one day at a garage sale a copy book of collected work by Nietzsche was present. I bought the book and occasionally read the book on and off. Just picking the book up reading a couple randomly selected paragraphs at a time I did not really dive into the whole meaning of it all or try to understand....   [tags: religion, evil, master] 989 words
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Separation between Law and Morality - ... Hart’s perspective entails that the foundation of a legal system can be described ‘where a secondary rule of reconigiton is accepted and used for the identification of primary rules of obligation’. The rule of recognition affords the measures for evaluating the legal validity of a primary value. Essentially then according to (Marmor, 2006), a theory about the nature of law must account for an internal point of view. It must act to guide people’s behavior, form reasons for their actions and explain the types of purposes or values that would reduce such reasons intelligible....   [tags: positivistic thesis, philosopical analysis] 1908 words
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Finn and Jim: Brothers in Morality - The issue of morality is at the forefront of Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Throughout the text, Finn is presented with clashing ideals of what is moral and socially acceptable. He learns that civilization expects one set of morals, and as a youth, he is educated to believe this is right. As he ages and gains experiences in life, he learns that the reality of life is not as morally righteous as he expected, given the focus of society on morality. The tension between what is stated to be right or wrong, compared to what is actually deemed acceptable is a major issue within the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and one which emphasises the irony of a hypocritical set of morals....   [tags: mark twain, jim huck]
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The Morality of Lies and Deception - The Morality of Lies and Deception We lie all the time, lying is not something new to our culture. We lie to our parents, we lie to our friends, we even lie to our significant other, but why do we do it. There is not one set reason on why we lie but they can vary from an insignificant reason to something more nefarious. A good operational definition of a lie is “A lie is a false statement to a person or group made by another person or group who knows it is not the whole truth, intentionally.” (Freitas-Magalhães) We have been raised to know that lying is usually a bad thing, and it’s better to tell the truth, not to mention the circumstances get exponentially worse if you are caught lying....   [tags: golden rule, unmoral, dishonesty]
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Huck and the Question of His Morality - ... Jim, despite society’s idea of slaves being “less” than white people, is pretty smart. Jim notices all the debris, dirt, and branches that were collected on the raft while it was adrift. He got mad at Huck for making him look like a fool and worrying him so much. In a famous quote from the book, “It was fifteen minutes before I could work myself up to go and humble myself to a nigger; but I done it, and I warn’t ever sorry for it afterwards” (Twain 131). This quote demonstrates the beginning of Huck’s maturity....   [tags: Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn]
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Euthanasia: Utiliarianism and Morality of Death - ... This is where medical ethics are introduced, hospital protocols, and the patient’s community and personal religious views. Passive euthanasia is the term coined to withholding or withdrawing medical treatment that would otherwise prolong the life (AMJS 73). Here is where the term euthanasia can become blurred and where family members think health care workers are killing their family members. In some situations, that is completely true. Relating to our discussion in class, when I terminally extubated a patient due to her religious practices which inhibited her from receiving blood products; ironically, that being the only thing that could have saved her in the end....   [tags: moral philosophy, the right to die]
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Morality - We as humans often gauge ourselves and our perceived virtues on the scale of our peers; it is hard for us to form an authentic self view without the moral ruler of others. The obvious problem with this universal human practice is that our analysis depends greatly on the company we keep. In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight the poet explores Sir Gawain's moral development throughout his ordeal, often juxtaposing his supposed virtues against those of others, but finally, when he is alone, Gawain gains a sense of his true moral standing....   [tags: Character Analysis, Gawain] 1032 words
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Jacksonian Era Bound By Morality - Religion is the substance that produced social morality which bound all elements of society in the Jacksonian Era. Religion produced the moral code all men adhered to. Church leaders were so vocal in pastoring patriotism and loyalty to one's God and country. Church members received the message of liberation and promoted the common man to seek social and political equality. The concept of divine morality in the early-19th century held accountable the behavior of all who were at least partially active in their social environment....   [tags: Religion]
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Morality via Kant and Hegel - 1. Introduction Human beings have moral inclinations that affect our actions. Few would deny as a fact of human life a perpe-tual strive to do right and good concordant with one’s particular moral beliefs (while concomitantly judging others by them). For most, this strive is accompanied by a questioning of the very nature of the moral: Is there an impartial criterion that enables us to know objectively what one ought to do, or do our moral intuitions rest solely on subjective, arbitrary grounds....   [tags: Philosophy] 1718 words
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The Dangerous Morality of Managing Earnings - Manipulating Earnings With over twenty years of work experience I have witnessed managers at all levels utilize various tricks to manipulate short-term quarterly earnings. It seems like most managers have different views on what is ethical and unethical when it comes to managing short-term earnings and tend to use questionable practices to meet company numbers. This has been confirmed from The Dangerous Morality of Managing Earnings case study as according to Gibson the accounting practice of offering a fourth quarter sales incentive and allowing customers 120 days to pay in an attempt to increase fourth quarter sales numbers was posed to the managers in the case study and returned results...   [tags: managers, quarterly earnings]
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Morality, Freedom and Public Opinion - The protagonists in the films Kinsey by Bill Condon and Thank You for Smoking by Jason Reitman are two men who are cut from very different styles of cloth. In Kinsey, the titular character uses logical discourse and gathered statistics in an attempt to remove the shackles of moral prudery from the subject of human sexuality for the betterment of humanity. On the other hand, the central character in Thank You for Smoking is a lobbyist for the tobacco industry who uses logical fallacy and rhetoric to obscure the health risks of tobacco use because he is extraordinarily good at it, and additionally he gets paid handsomely....   [tags: Character Analysis ]
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Relationship Between Law and Morality - ... It aims to create laws that are predictable, that are able to be easily analysed and understandable by the general society. Morality is what the society regard as right and wrong which is highly subjective, some legal philosophers believe that there is a certain moral standard which human laws must contain. Chapter 2 in The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 which is the Bill of Rights contains moral values which the country is based. Section 1 of the Constitution provides that South Africa is an independent sovereign, democratic state which was based on following values:  ‘Human dignity, achievement of equality and advancement of human rights and freedom,  Non racial...   [tags: society, obey, positivism] 1265 words
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Transcendentalism: The Basis of Morality - Although not looked upon as a widely popular topic in the 21st century, transcendentalism has played a role in everyone's life. Action of the tenets and values of transcendentalist people vary. Religious traditions from each generation amplify the movement along with the social and political activity. Transcendentalist believe in the natural man. One who is self-reliant, uncorrupted and one with nature. God is in everything but nothing in particular. "...that great nature in which we rest ......   [tags: god, nature, religious traditions]
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A Critique of Confucian Morality - A Critique of Confucian Morality For many centuries, Confucianism has been widely revered by the Chinese for its emphasis on morality. Confucius, who lived from 551 to 479 BCE, is different to most philosophers in that he showed no interest questioning his existence, the possibility of a God, or the reality that he seemed to live in; instead he focused on the human relations side of philosophy as it was his belief that people should “give (themselves) earnestly to the duties due to men … (and) keep aloof from (spiritual beings)” (Confucius 195)....   [tags: ancient oriental philosphies]
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