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The Obligation to Endure - “The discovery of agriculture was the first big step toward a civilized life.” (Arthur Keith) Civilization began with agriculture, and agriculture continues to be an integral part of our lives. Civilization brought knowledge, knowledge brought technology, and technology brought chemicals and pesticides to “improve” our world. “The Obligation to Endure” is an excerpt from Rachel Carson’s “Silent Spring,” a passionate and masterful work on the results of civilization’s efforts to control pests and insects....   [tags: Article Analysis ]
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Regret and Obligation - Regret and Obligation ABSTRACT: In Albert Camus' 1950 play Just Assassins, terrorists are at work in nineteenth-century Russia. They kill people, and they all believe that there is a superior moral reason for doing so. But they also know that killing is wrong. In their own view, they are innocent criminals; innocent, because their action is justified, but criminals, because they kill. So tacitly they conclude that they deserve punishment that will remove the regret from their shoulders. Their execution, by the same despotic authorities they are attacking, completes their actions: regret, caused by justified killing, gets its counterpart....   [tags: Just Assassins Camus Essays]
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Obligation to Obey Governing Bodies - I believe it is safe to say that the subjects of any legitimate state have an obligation to at obey their governing bodies. Underlying my own obedience to my country's laws are a number of reasons - an understanding of my obligation to take responsibility for my own actions, a recognition of my government's authority over me, a belief that the laws of my country are well-founded, and a fear of the consequences of disobeying said laws. Without laws, a society would quickly crumble into disorder and chaos, unless its entire population is benevolent and selfless....   [tags: Government] 1425 words
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No Moral Obligation to the Earth - ... Humans assume that their galaxy is at the center of the universe. Humans assume that there is something special about the Milky Way Galaxy. Eventually, they discover the same thing: the Milky Way is not the center of the universe, and it is one of billions of galaxies. Humans then assume that their solar system is the only one with planets. Again, they learn it is not. I propose a new “demotion” to Sagan's list. Humanity assumes that it plays a role of great importance in the Earth's existence....   [tags: ethical philosophy, morality, environmentalism]
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Moral obligation to help - Peter Singer said; “If it is in our power to prevent something bad from happening, without thereby sacrificing anything of comparable moral importance, we ought, morally, to do it” (Famine, Affluence, and Morality). As human beings, we have a moral compulsion to help other people, despite the verity that they may be strangers, especially when whatever type of aid we may render can in no approach have a more significant consequence on our own life. For instance, it was an extremely sunny day in Ghana, West Africa, and I had gone out to the well to fetch water....   [tags: Ethics]
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An Obligation to Wear Darkness - In Hawthorne’s “The Minister’s Black Veil,” Hawthorne uses gloomy diction and tone to characterize both the apprehension of the people and the affliction of the veil on Mr. Hooper. Throughout the passage, Hawthorne utilizes fairly simple diction, avoiding long, obscure words. Words like “preternatural” and “impertinence” are among the few words that may cause an average reader some trouble. Consequently, Hawthorne’s writing appeals to and targets the common man as an audience, as he writes with a straightforward choice of words....   [tags: Literature Analysis] 1000 words
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Response to a Tragic and Difficult Issue - ... As I put myself in place of Susan Wolf, using any one of my own children (I have four) in place of her father, I find the utilitarian relativism of events to be extremely difficult. As (Mosser, K. 2010) states… ‘Indeed regardless, of the view one adopts---utilitarianism, deontology, virtue ethics, or even one of the more contemporary alternatives to these—the debate will still continue’ The moral obligation or deontology and the consequentialism of those decisions is extreme at best. At the same time radical or pyrrhonists skepticism claims nothing can be certain (Mosser, K....   [tags: Moral Obligation]
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Democracy and Political Obligation - Democracy and Political Obligation The public life of political servants is characterized by other duties and obligations than private life. Conflicts can even arise between a person's public and private duties. The central point of this paper is to examine whether this difference of duties can be regarded as an effect of different forms of obligation. Can we speak of a particular form of political obligation in the same way in which Kant distinguishes between ethical and legal obligation, the former pertaining to intentions and the latter to external aspects of the action....   [tags: Leadership Politics Duty Papers] 4065 words
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Everyone Has an Obligation to Vote - Everyone Has an Obligation to Vote Why should I vote. This is a simple question with a long history of debate. My vote doesn't make a difference anyway. I'm too busy. They're all crooks, why should I vote for one of them. There isn't a good choice. Nothing will change. The problem with these reasons is that they actually perpetuate the circumstances keeping would-be-voters away from the polls. Many arguments exist for both sides of the issue, however, I believe more reasons to vote exist than lame excuses....   [tags: Politics Political Essays] 1744 words
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On the Obligation to Keep One’s Promises - On the Obligation to Keep One’s Promises Moral philosophy is generally in pursuit of the “ought.” More specifically, a common goal is to create some sort of rubric for evaluating specific situations, and in the face of a decision, revealing what “ought to be done.” A very important and consequently complicated “ought” is that which dictates if one should keep a promise. This topic is so vast that is seems it would take a great deal of effort to make progress towards an answer, and in fact, there have been volumes of philosophy written about this very subject matter....   [tags: Essays Papers]
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Discussing the Obligation to Help the Absolutely Poor - Discussing the Obligation to Help the Absolutely Poor The question of who deserves what and who owes what to who is a philosophical question that people unendingly attempt to answer, never coming to a universal and workable conclusion. No matter what outcome is decided upon, someone is destined to be unhappy about it, as unhappiness almost seems to be the defining human condition, with someone always being unhappy about something. However, there are a few who have attempted to answer this question in a reasonable and moral manner, such as Nozick, Singer, and Rachels....   [tags: Papers] 819 words
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The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents - The Confucian Filial Obligation and Care for Aged Parents ABSTRACT: Some moral philosophers in the West (e.g., Norman Daniels and Jane English) hold that adult children have no more moral obligation to support their elderly parents than does any other person in the society, no matter how much sacrifice their parents made for them or what misery their parents are presently suffering. This is because children do not ask to be brought into the world or to be adopted. Therefore, there is a "basic asymmetry between parental and the filial obligations." I argue against the Daniels/English thesis by employing the traditional Confucian view of the nature of filial obligation....   [tags: Asian Philosphy Chinese Research]
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Analysis of The Obligation to Die for the State by Michael Walzer - Analysis of The Obligation to Die for the State by Michael Walzer In his essay Michael Walzer discusses the political obligation citizens have to their state. In order to have a running community and society you have to work together and make difficult decisions. These decisions can alter you and the people around drastically in both positive and negative ways but are necessary to have a working "State." It's not only hard decisions but obligations you have to your state as a loyal citizen. Those obligations are there for a reason and must be followed even if they include death....   [tags: Papers] 442 words
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Foreign Aid - Our Obligation to Help the Less Fortunate - Our Obligation to Help the Less Fortunate        What is absolute poverty?  According to Robert McNamara it is "life at the very margin of existence" (Singer 219).  It is a life that, if not ended by early death, causes a kind of misery unseen to those living in the United States.  Compared to the estimated 1.2 billion people, worldwide living in poverty, those of us in developed countries experience a life of luxury.  The things that we take for granted, such as cars, computers, microwaves, and televisions, are extravagant items that most people living in extreme economic poverty will never see....   [tags: Politics Political Essays]
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Ethical and Philosophical Questions about Value and Obligation - Ethical and Philosophical Questions about Value and Obligation I Recall the distinction between metaethics and normative ethics. Normative ethics deals with substantial ethical issues, such as, What is intrinsically good. What are our moral obligations. Metaethics deals with philosophical issues about ethics: What is value or moral obligation. Are there ethical facts. What sort of objectivity is possible in ethics. How can we have ethical knowledge. Recall, also, the fundamental dilemma of metaethics....   [tags: Metaethics Normative Ethics] 971 words
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The Sound and the Fury: Noblesse Oblige - ... The states of the UN have a responsibility to protect their population from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleaning and crimes against humanity. If a state cannot protect the population, the other UN member states will step in to reform the injustices. (Bellamy) This is essentially what Catherine, Jason, and Quentin do to protect the family name against Caddy’s crime against humanity. It is unclear which part of her behavior was the crime; being divorced, or giving birth to a fatherless child....   [tags: William Faulkner, moral obligation, responsibility]
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Wealthy Nations Have A Moral Obligation to Educate Poor Nations - The most substantial and important ethical problem of the 21st century will be the correction of the vast and undeniable imbalance of the possession and consumption of the world’s material, economic, and cultural resources. In this paper, I will argue that the primary long-term moral obligation the world’s over-privileged have to the underprivileged is to provide those in need with the means necessary to develop a foundation for fair future interactions. This will lead to the idea that a necessary part of the long-term obligation to the underprivileged, in addition to the redistribution of economic and material resources, is the redistribution of ideas and knowledge through philanthropic educational programs....   [tags: Essays on Ethics] 3712 words
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Summary of the debate between Thomas Pogge and Mathias Risse Regarding Our Obligation to the Global Poor - In the face of media campaigns and political sanctions, the question about whether we owe the global poor assistance and rectification is an appropriate one. Despite television advertisements displaying the condition of the poor and news articles explaining it, the reality is the majority of us, especially in the Western world, are far removed from the poverty that still affects a lot of lives. The debate between Thomas Pogge and Mathias Risse regarding our obligation to the poor questions the very institution we live in....   [tags: poverty, international relations] 2494 words
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The Necessary Obligations - Though the simplistic words reduce, recycle, and reuse, are a part of most American citizens’ vocabulary and the tasks themselves may seem even arbitrary to some, the obligation to reduce, recycle, and reuse is detrimental to the stability of our nation and the planet. For the majority that has heard of the waste hierarchy, reduce, recycle, and reuse, and know the basics of what it is, I doubt that many of us give a second thought to the catastrophic effects that are stealthily rendering our plant uninhabitable....   [tags: Conservation ]
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Obligations to Future Generations - ... The first one has been explained before, while the latter has to be seen in regards to power. Let us now see the position of both parties using Weber’s stratification theory in explaining the dimensions of power. According to Weber, a person could be regarded to have some power when he or she possesses the resources necessary to control the other party or force them to do his or her will. Besides, people are also considered powerful when they have rights or access to exercise their power in dictating common rule over a certain place or time, which could secure some favourable group or individual (Lavrentsova 2010: 255-256)....   [tags: Social Issues, Society, ]
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Vulnerability and Fiduciary Obligations - The fiduciary concept is a "concept in search of a principle." Despite numerous attempts by commentators and the judiciary to define the basis for the imposition of all fiduciary obligations, it is often said that no universally accepted basis has been developed. In the quest for a universal basis, it appears that six different theories have emerged. The `undertaking' theory, the `property' theory, the `reliance' theory, the `power' theory, the `vulnerability' theory, and finally the `loyalty' theory....   [tags: Law] 3659 words
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Ethical And Legal Obligations - Ethical and Legal Obligations Ethical and legal obligations apply to all members of society. As one in society, the obligation to act in an ethical, law abiding manner on a daily basis is vital to the integrity of daily life. Many professions have their own code of ethics. Financial reporting is not exempt from such ethical and legal standards. One’s lively hood depends on decisions made in the business world. Business transactions are done daily and can impact one’s economic stability. Trust is placed in the hands of corporate America and an obligation of financial reporting to reveal a complete honest and legal picture of an entity’s accounting practices is important in attaining trust....   [tags: Business Ethics Morals] 1148 words
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Exploring Obligations in a Legal Sense - Exploring Obligations in a Legal Sense Negligence in tort has various meanings. It may refer to the tort of negligence or it may refer to careless behaviour. A person who totally disregards the safety of others but does not injure them is not guilty of negligence, although they may be morally reprehensible. On the other hand, the person who tries their best but fall below the standard set by the court and causes any damage will be liable.[1] Negligence is judged by an objective standard set, where the court will look at what a ‘responsible man or woman’ would have done in the defendant’s position....   [tags: Papers] 1728 words
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Canada and America's Obligations to China - China's record of human rights violations is long and mind-boggling. Atrocities such as purging tens of millions of people during the Cultural Revolution, its infamous one-child-per-couple Population Policy, persistent oppression of Tibet and the bloody June 4 massacre at Tienanmen Square in 1989 have given the Chinese government a reputation of having little respect for human life. And yet, despite its tarnished record, China maintains its Most Favoured Nation trade status with the US and is one of Canada's top ten recipients of bilateral trade....   [tags: Asian History] 1124 words
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The Importance of Religious Obligations Illustrated in Sophocles' Antigone - In the play Antigone by Sophocles, one of the main characters, Antigone, has to choose to obey the law or obey her religious obligations. Creon, the king of Thebes, issued and edict that said that Antigone’s brother, Polyneikes, could not be buried. Antigone felt that she should not leave her brother to be devoured by vultures and insisted on burying him. Because Polyneikes had rebelled against the state, one of the greatest offenses of the time, burying his body meant death for Antigone as well as her sister....   [tags: antigone] 567 words
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The Possible Rights and Obligations of Tenant and Landlord - The Possible Rights and Obligations of Tenant and Landlord 1) 1.0 Detail the possible rights and obligations of both Tenant and Landlord. Use examples and case law. Be as comprehensive as possible as to the possible options. Relationships between landlords and tenants are governed by several statutes and court rulings. However, the most important source of information is the rental agreement, whether it is written or oral. Some landlords prefer oral agreements; however it’s most common for them to require your signature on a written lease....   [tags: Papers] 2337 words
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Does Business have Social Obligations? - Does Business have Social Obligations. In today's society people are being laid off or losing jobs everyday. Many times it is because a company is going out of business, or may not need as many employees. The company often times cannot afford to pay extra workers. During these circumstances, a question of responsibility and obligations begin to rise. Should businesses in today's free market economy have an obligation to be socially responsible for these actions which the businesses or company carries out....   [tags: Business Management Studies] 451 words
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Ethical And Legal Obligations of Financial Reporting - The FASB, SEC, and PCAOB Ethical financial reporting is critical to ensure consumer confidence within an economy. Accounting entries record cash transactions in the form of financial reports. Financial reporting is used to interpret and analyze business activities for the purpose of investing and efficient management. Misrepresentations, whether intentional or accidental, can send the wrong signal to interested parties resulting in wrong decisions being made. Companies have an ethical and legal obligation to financial reporting....   [tags: Accounting Finance Record Keeping Business Ethics] 1134 words
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Impacting Laws, Regulations And Contractual Obligations For Critical Information Assets - Two identified critical assets include the social security number and the credit card. The countermeasure for both the assets will be analyzed from companies and customers point of view in this paper by exploring impacting laws, regulations and contractual obligations relative to the same. Impacting laws , regulations and contractual obligations for SSN • Privacy ACT 1974 • SSN regulations governing data and security • Internet privacy policy • California Civil Code §1798.85 • Fair credit reporting act Interpretation of the laws, regulations and obligation for the counter measures Monitoring of SSN by credit bureau As per the Privacy Act of 1974 all government agencies whether they are federal, state or local they are required to provide a "disclosure" statement on the form which explains whether you are required to provide your SSN or if it’s optional, how the SSN will be used, and under what statutory or other authority the number is requested (5 USC 552a, note)....   [tags: Identity Protection Security] 1293 words
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Response to Shakespeare's Presentation of the Responsibilities and Obligations Placed on Sons by Fathers in Hamlet - Response to Shakespeare's Presentation of the Responsibilities and Obligations Placed on Sons by Fathers in Hamlet Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, is a play based on the theme of revenge (otherwise known as a revenge tragedy). However there are other themes to this play that may not be as obvious as the main. Love, hate, madness are all other themes to this play, along with the theme of responsibility to sons and fathers. This theme is sustained throughout the whole play when, at the climax, the responsibility of avenging his dead father is finally undertaken by Hamlet....   [tags: Papers] 1392 words
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Legal Obligations - Legal Obligations Having established that the defendant owes the plaintiff a duty of care (and in this case it is assumed that this has been established), it will next be necessary for the courts to decide whether the defendant has breached that duty. This first involves an assessment by the court of how, in the circumstances, the defendant ought to have behaved; what standard of care should he have exercised. This standard is that of the ordinary and reasonable citizen and not that of the defendant himself: an especially careful defendant will not be held liable because he fell short of his own high standards, however, a defendant whose personal conception of what is reasonable fails to match that of the court will have no defence based on his belief that he acted carefully....   [tags: Papers] 2224 words
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Social Obligations and Personal Aspirations. - ... In the Indian milieu, this is against the moral traditions and statutes which have been upheld for centuries. The reader is shocked because this act is committed on the eve of her wedding. However, the question, if Aditi is unhappy with the marriage is dispelled from the mind of the reader, as she is most forthcoming of the fact that she “wants to settle down”. Why then commit an act which infringes on this desire. Nair hints that the reason behind this action is fuelled by a drive, more powerful than her desire to settle down....   [tags: Writing Techniques, Mira Nair] 836 words
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Social Obligations and Competitive Advantage - Introduction Globalization is forcing the world to interact as countries, regions, businesses and even individuals and this has made it possible for organizations to hire employees from different parts of the world who have their unique differences in both national cultures and individual backgrounds. Globalization in businesses have also made it necessary for managers to encounter issues of cultural adaptation and conflicts in communication arising from multicultural teams (McLean & Lewis, 2010, p....   [tags: Organizational Issues]
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The Moral and Legal Obligations of Battlefield Neutrality - The Moral and Legal Obligations of Battlefield Neutrality “If a body of enemy troops is repulsed, give to the wounded the same care as you would give your own men; treat them all the forbearance due to the one who is stricken…After the battle, restrain the fury of your troops; spare the vanquished…People should say of you: they fought courageously when they had to, but remained generous and humane throughout.” –General Guillaume Henri Dufour (Moorehead, 1998) No truer words have ever been spoken by a General to his men before battle....   [tags: Military]
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Ethical And Legal Obligations In Accounting - According to Marshall (2004), "accounting is the process of identifying, measuring, and communicating economic information about an organization for the purpose of making decisions and informed judgements" (p. 3). Specifically, financial accounting "refers to the process that results in the preparation and reporting of financial statements for an entity" (Marshall, McManus, & Viele, p. 5). While many entities prepare their own financial statements, firms can also contract with a public accounting firm or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) to perform services such as reviewing or compiling statements....   [tags: Business Accounting] 1324 words
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Public accountants duty to provide due professional care in all their contractual obligations - The situation that Willis and Company, CPAs have found themselves in regarding Geiger Company’s claim that Willis was negligent, underscores the need for public accountants to provide due professional care in all their contractual obligations. The level of fault that Willis is liable for can vary depending on the circumstances and approaches taken in examining this situation. This fact will be evident when examining this case from the Known User Approach, the Securities Act of 1933, as well as the Securities Act of 1934....   [tags: Accounting, Ethics ]
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Free College Essays - The Obligations of Hector in Homer’s Iliad - The Obligations of Hector in Homer’s Iliad   In Homer’s Iliad, an extremely courageous and noble character is Hector, Prince of Troy.  Hector does not want war, so his decision to lead the assault on the Achaean forces may seem strange.  However, if there were a noble way out of the war, Hector might have taken it. “Without a noble escape, Hector is forced to fight”(Willcock 62).              It does not seem to be rooted in his own belief that his brother Paris' actions are worthy of defense, or that Helen is a prize absolutely worth fighting for....   [tags: Iliad essays] 790 words
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Should Australia reconsider its financial obligations and redirect funding to nationally devastated areas? - ... For instance, the Queensland floods will cost approximately $30billion but to gain an appreciation of that cost by today’s standards it is double the cost building the Snowy Mountain Hydro-Electric Scheme (http://bnetau.com.au). The implications of such natural disasters have impacts upon social, economic and political arenas. These implications affect every area of Australian life therefore, by examining the impact of international events and relationships on Australian history we can determine whether or not our current international obligations represent valuable connections and benefits to our present day needs....   [tags: rebuilding infrastructure in Queensland] 1966 words
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Ethical Obligations in Accounting - Ethical standards have had vast changes over the years. Michael Josephson, in Chapter 1 of Ethical Issues in the Practice of Accounting, 1992, described the "Ten Universal Values." They were as follows: honesty, integrity, promise-keeping, fidelity, fairness, caring, respect for others, responsible citizenship, pursuit of excellence, and accountability. Good ethics does not always mean good business practices. The purpose of ethics in business is to direct business men and women to abide by a code of conduct that facilitates, if not encourages, public confidence in their products and services (Smith & Smith, 2003, 3)....   [tags: Business Ethics] 1243 words
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The Theme of The Cider House Rules - During my senior year of high school, I often had dreams about leaving my parents house. Fantasizing about freedom and, the ability to come and go as I wished took the place of time designated for class work. I was tired of being told what to do, and I grew weary of the monotony of taking out the garbage and cleaning my room. Being told to come in the house by 10 pm while my friends stayed until 12 pm seemed unfair to me. The media bombarded my mind with the idea that being a football captain in senior year was supposed to be filled with keg parties, and orgies with cheerleaders....   [tags: Homer Wells, moral obligations ] 1056 words
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A Unique and Meaningful Life - A Unique and Meaningful Life A unique and meaningful life is compatible with the concept of a moral agent’s deliberative frame. In defense of this assertion, I will argue in favour of Barbara Herman’s Kantian discussion of moral obligation, which suggests that moral conflict occurs in the agent’s grounds of obligation. Grounds of obligation are facts recognized and considered by the agent during moral deliberation; they are “facts of a certain sort. They have moral significance because they are defining features of our (human) rational natures that limit what we can rationally will (as defined by the CI procedure)” (318).[1] The grounds are not reasons for acting but are guides for deliberation; the facts considered in a given situation are founded in one’s deliberative frame, namely matters of importance to the moral agent.[2] Similar to Herman’s defense of Kant, I will argue that moral conflict may occur among the grounds of obligation in the agent’s deliberative frame, but never in one’s duty because the CI will always determine only one moral obligation....   [tags: Philosophy Essays]
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Kant’s Formula of the End in Itself - Kant’s Formula of the End in Itself ABSTRACT: Is Kant’s "Formula of the End in Itself" overly demanding. In addressing this question, I sketch a conception of co-obligation, that is, a sort of moral requirement that holds, not of persons distributively, but of persons collectively. I then raise a problem of devolution: How does a co-obligation for all persons devolve upon me. For instance, given that we must maximize happiness, it does not seem to follow that I must always act so as to maximize happiness....   [tags: Ethics Kant Formula End Itself Essays]
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Theoretical Analysis of Restoration Liability Accounting - I. Theoretical Analysis of Restoration Liability Accounting Firms in the extractive industry usually follow a general pattern of evaluation & exploration, development, production, and finally rehabilitation of the site. According to the AASB Framework, “A liability is a present obligation of the entity arising from past events, the settlement of which is expected to result in an outflow from the entity of resources embodying economic benefits.” (AASB Framework #49a, 2004, p.22) Looking deeper than just the legal form of the mining asset, the economic benefit from the land in such a scenario where the asset (mining site) is leased or bought would flow to the entity rather than its legal owner....   [tags: Accounting]
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Lender Liability and the Duty of Good Faith - Lender Liability and the Duty of Good Faith I. Introduction From time to time, lenders and their attorneys announce that lender liability is no longer an issue with which the lending community needs to be concerned. What usually prompts this proclamation of the death of lender liability is a recent case in which a court has summarily rejected a borrower’s claim that the lender violated the duty of good faith and fair dealing. Many courts have rejected borrowers’ lawsuits which are based on allegations of the violation of the lender’s duty of good faith....   [tags: essays research papers] 7267 words
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Ethical Dilemma-Strategic Default - Introduction In 2010 more than 1.05 million homes were foreclosed on in the United States, up from 918,000 in 2009. It is estimated that 26 percent of these homes were strategically defaulted on by homeowners that were “upside down” in their home equity. Is the decision to strategically default ethically sound. It has been estimated that in 2009 foreclosures cost communities $502 billion and homes that in close proximity to foreclosed homes lose, on average, $7,200 in home value (Center for Reasonable Lending, 2009)....   [tags: Ethics ]
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Catherine's Conflicting Feelings in James' Washington Square - Many conflicting situations that give way to problems often arise in life. These problems often create conflicting feelings within an individual who tries to but cannot satisfy both of the opposing sides. The novella, Washington Square by Henry James, portrays this idea. The story follows Dr. Sloper who marries a clever woman who bears him a son. However, death seizes both the mother and child, leaving only his daughter, Catherine, who spends most of her life trying to please her father, but could never please him because she was not clever like her mother....   [tags: Washington Square, expository] 1022 words
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Convention on the Rights of the Child - 2.1.3 Convention on the Rights of the Child / UNCRC/ 1989 According UNICEF the CRC is the most rapidly and widely ratified international human rights instrument in the world, 192 states recognise the Convention principle that the child is a holder of rights and freedoms including States’ obligation to protect children from any act of violence. Ethiopia has ratified the CRC in 1992 and it has made a major contribution in the domestic recognition of the human rights of all children and it had a significant contribution to incorporate prohibition of child trafficking in the 1995 of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Constitution as provides Article 18....   [tags: Human Rights] 2549 words
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The Guidance of a Government - People have their own perspective of a government that they envision for their people. Thomas Jefferson has been the president of the United States and ruled under a monarch. Jefferson couldn’t tolerate the abuse from a monarch, so he rebelled against the British crown. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote The Declaration of Independence, and declared the colonies were free from British rule. Before he became the author of The Declaration of Independence, Jefferson was established “ as an ardent republican and revolutionary” (Jacobus 77)....   [tags: Government]
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Ethics of Human Enhancement - ... The lazy parents are in fact lazy, so the child does not receive the supplement, and therefore the child’s intellect remains in the normal range. Savulescu suggests that in the aforementioned cases “diet” be substituted with “biological intervention”. The children in both cases would have had an advanced intellect had the parents “biologically intervened”, but as they did not the children remained in normalcy with regards to their intellect. Savulescu argues that the inaction of the parents is a wrong to their children....   [tags: Genetic Alteration, Medical Science] 1355 words
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