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    Billy Budd Essay: Moral Shades of Grey

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    Moral Shades of Grey in Billy Budd Vere's decision, according to the Wartime Acts under which he was subject, was lawfully justified. To do anything else would be a direct violation of the law, and thus, the position in which he was placed. The captain could not follow any twinge of conscience that he felt, for it was not his position to do so. As Vere put it, "But do these buttons that we wear attest that our allegiance is to Nature? No, to the King." He and the judges were forced to follow

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    Kant and Moral Values

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    Kant says that moral values are ‘good without qualification.’ This assertion and similar remarks of Plato can be understood in terms of a return to moral data themselves in the following ways: 1. Moral values are objectively good and not relative to our judgments; 2. Moral goodness is intrinsic goodness grounded in the nature of acts and independent of our subjective satisfaction; 3. Moral goodness expresses in an essentially new and higher sense of the idea of value as such; 4. Moral Goodness cannot

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    A Taxonomy of Moral Realism ABSTRACT: The realist dispute in ethics has wide implications for moral ontology, epistemology, and semantics. Common opinion holds that this debate goes to the heart of the phenomenology of moral values and affects the way in which we understand the nature of moral value, moral disagreement, and moral reflection. But it has not been clearly demonstrated what is involved in moral realist theory. I provide a framework which distinguishes three different versions of

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    Proving A Moral Principle

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    Proving A Moral Principle Once one has examined an ethical theory and knows what its fundamental concepts are — what kinds of factors are to be used in making moral judgments, whether its principles apply directly to acts or rules, and what concepts of the good life is proposed — one is certainly in a better position to judge which of all the competitive principles comes closest to fulfilling the task of giving a complete account of moral phenomena. Unfortunately this may not be enough to enable

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    Moral Conflict In Hamlet

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    In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, an intelligible moral order is discover as the protagonist, Hamlet, goes through life’s challenges, which defines Shakespearean tragedy. The play begins with Hamlet coming across his father’s ghost, at this point he learns that his father was murdered by his uncle, Claudius. It is Hamlet wishes to take revenge over Claudius for murdering his father. This causes a moral conflict in the play, and starts the moral event of the play. In the beginning, morally speaking, Hamlet

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    that a society should not have any right to enforce its moral convictions through the law would be morally unsound in a country that prides itself on equality and democracy. In this essay I will be arguing against the idea stated above: the notion that a community should not be able to have their laws reflected in the value and morals of their people. To support this opinion, I will be drawing points from Wil Waluchow’s The Concept of a Moral Position & The Legal Enforcement of Morality and Geoff

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    Evolution of the Moral Code "Morality is the herding instinct of the individual."    -Nietzsche Within the depths of your imagination, two tribes exist. Peaceful hunter-gatherers, they are exactly equal in every respect. All of the variables in their environment are the same or cancel each other out. Their birth and death rates coincide exactly, their resources and location are so similar that they could be the same tribe. They remain in this state of equality, completely unaware of each

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    In the article, "Seven Moral Arguments for Free Trade," Daniel Griswold provides just what the title suggests, seven arguments on why free trade is a good thing to have in a country. Griswold is co-director of the Program on the American Economy and Globalization at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, which builds his credibility on the topic. His article was published in the CATO policy report, in which Griswold explains thoroughly why free trade is beneficial to all. The article

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    The Themes of Folklore, Women's Issues, and Morals in Sula Toni Morrison has asserted that she likes to write the kind of books that she would like to read (Harris 52). By this we can assume she favors black folklore, women's issues, and discussions of accepted moral standards. These are some major themes in Sula. Folktales are a type of oral prose that is passed from one person to another. Listeners may chose to add or subtract from the main story lines, embellishing with experiences and

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    Values, Morals, and Ethics in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn In Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn, the values of Huck and Jim traveling down the Mississippi River are contrasted against those of the people residing in the southern United States. Twain satirically portrays organized religion and society's morals throughout the novel. The freedom and tranquillity of the river gives way to the deceit, greed and prejudice of the towns lying on the shore of the river, causing them to disguise themselves

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