What Would You Do If You Won The Lottery?

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What would you do if you won the lottery? Where is your ideal vacation? If you could meet one person, who would it be? Everyone imagines at some point in their life. These are just some of the many questions we get asked and in order to answer it, we have to imagine. What if someone asked if this is ethical, how could it not be ethical? There seems to be no harm done. It is a question that you may have never ever heard of, or never even thought of. On the other hand what if someone were to ask who would your ideal spouse be? Or if you have ever imagined fictional states of affairs? Now you may understand why some imagining is deemed unethical. Brandon Cooke wrote an article called, Ethics and Fictive Imagining. In this article he talks about why it is unethical to imagine fictively. To help clarify why Cooke deems this unethical he covers a few main ideas, some of which is from the help of other people. They are as follows; imagination, fiction, Smuts, Gaut, truth in fiction, and finally imagining and fictively imagining. Some of the points you may agree with, while others you may not. Your imagination is quite a unique thing. It is capable of well, anything. We imagine more often than we think we do, the fact that it takes no effort is part of the reason why. Have you ever been driving down the road and you asked yourself what would I do if this happened? How would I react to such thing? Or students may ask, what would the effect on my grade be if I do not turn this paper in? How many students end up not doing it? Those are just some ethical scenarios of imagining. On the flip side there is the unethical part of imagining. Some examples might be; imagining yourself with your spouse’s brother/sister, and related to what was sta... ... middle of paper ... ...tions from different sources and ties that into how ultimately fictively imagining can either be unmoral or moral depending on the situation in which it is used in. Brandon Cooke helps explain how imagining could be considered entirely unethical. Before I read this article I had no idea what he meant by such thing. I never have heard of the concept before but yet I knew what it was, I was just simply unaware that there was a name to it. In his article he explained the concept by providing us with a numerous amount of topics to which he would talk about. The topics or people he used were: imagination, fiction, Smuts, Gaut, truth in fiction, and finally imagining and fictively imagining. With this amount of background information on a single topic I now understand Cookes reasoning to why he considers fictively imagining unethical, but in certain situations, ethical.
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