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Peter Singer's Famine, Affluence and Morality: Accepting the Strong Principle and Rejecting the Weak Principle
Should we accept either of the principles that Singer proposes in “Famine, Affluence, and Morality”? Peter Singer’s main argument is that all people are obliged to do much more in order to get rid of famine, lack of shelter and medical care in the non-developed countries. To be specific, he means that we should send certa...
A Discussion on Ayn Rand's Objectivist Philosophy
A Compelling Voice from the Dead “Yes, I have no faith at all; I only hold convictions.” Novelist Ayn Rand uttered these words in a 1959 interview with Mike Wallace in which she stood her ground, answering contrived questions with a powerful serenity that could only come from someone of total ideological recalcitrance....
A Critique of Michael Levin's Arguments in The Case for Torture
Us and Them, And after all we’re only Ordinary Men: In Michael Levin’s “The Case for Torture,” Levin discusses the significance of torture. Levin tends to use emotional and ethical arguments rather than logical ones. Although Levin thinks his examples are realistic, they are actually impractical. His ideas are good but t...
The Absence of Complete Happiness in the Life of Humans
Complete Happiness Does Not Exist Ways of obtaining happiness can vary from person to person. Each human being has their own desires and dreams, so to generalize happiness for everyone would be misleading. Someone’s goal could be having a well paying job that they love. For them, they believe that this will make them happy...
A Systematical Answer to the Question of the Existence of Moral Absolutes
Moral absolutism is a viewpoint that human beings are a topic to absolute principles of conduct that can never change to any circumstance. These standards are unanimous to everyone regardless of the culture or race. It is equally wrong for anyone to break a law related to these criteria. The principles in moral absolutism c...
The Nature and Aims of Consequentialism
Nature of Consequentialism To understand the argument for consequentialism, you must first understand its aims. The main outlook is to do as much good as you can and that an action is morally required just because it produces the best overall results (or is optimific). The author says that to determine this, five steps mus...
Thoughts on the Words of Ghandi: Forgiveness as a Strength
"What does it mean to forgive?" "The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong." - Mahatma Ghandi. To me forgiveness is the first step towards a positive outcome in any relationship or any human interaction. Some people can forgive easily, while others it may be harder for them. To forgive is not to...
Which Are the Factors That Determine Which Moral Theory is the Most Beneficial to Society?
Philosophy Essay: Moral Theories In choosing which moral theory is most beneficial to our society, several factors need to be considered, and while no one theory is perfect we would need a moral theory that takes these factors into consideration to the best of its ability. The theory of deontology stresses performing an...
Thomas Aquinas' Philosophy on Avoiding Evil Effects of an Action in the Principle of Double-Effect
According to natural law ethics, innocent life should be preserved and not destroyed. The key word, and point for debate, is “innocent life.” What can be considered innocent? When is killing another human being justifiable under natural law ethics? Thomas Aquinas develops a criterion to answer these questions, which he call...
The Effects of Conservative and Provocative Personas on Attitudes Toward Monogamy, Infidelity, and Falling in Love
Effects of conservative and provocative personas on attitudes toward monogamy, infidelity, and falling in love How steadfast are you? The world has seen a drastic cultural change in the past few decades. The prominence of religion has declined, new technology allows for fast communication of ideas and media, and cultures...