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Question Ethics can exist only if two basic assumptions about human life are made What are these assumptions and what evidence supports these claims Introduction Ethics address in what ways is morally proper to behave in certain situations However in order to study the field of Ethics or even for the field of Ethics to even exist two assumptions must be made First and foremost it must be assumed that humans have free will and make their own choices The second assumption is that a true and ultimate right and wrong exist The choices we make are made based on a universal code of right and wrong With our free will and our own understanding of right and wrong we as humans are therefore responsible for our own actions Of the two assumptions the idea of free will is a much larger leap of faith If we assume we are in control of our actions and destiny it seems only natural that a code regarding right and wrong exists With human life however a new dimension emerges we have influence over our conduct So what is good mediocre or bad in the case of human life is for us to bring about Our own choices affect how well we are doing We can seek to actualize the potential of our nature in a way that nourishes our lives or we can default on this obligation And this is where morality or ethics arises Machan and Chesher xv Skepticism Regarding Free Will Many people argue that ethics does not exist because humans do not have free will or even true control over their actions Noted author and professor Tibor R Machan writes that ethics is controversial for several reasons among them the perennial problem of whether human beings are free agents capable of initiating or causing their own action If the answer is that they are not that everything we
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