Ethics in a Nutshell for a Short-Attention-Span Age


[From a BBC website: Deontology teaches that some acts are right or wrong in themselves, whatever the consequences.]

How would one act if he (or she)  knew sure

What were to happen in the future?


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  • I'm feeling ya, Aquinas. Very interesting, never heard of Deontology, how timely.

    'A virtue must be our invention; it must spring out of our personal need and defence. In every other case it is a source of danger. That which does not belong to our life menaces it; a virtue which has its roots in mere respect for the concept of "virtue," pernicious. "Virtue," "duty," "good for its own sake," goodness grounded upon impersonality or a notion of universal validity--these are all chimeras, and in them one finds only an expression of the decay, the last collapse of life.' -Nietzsche

    I guess one could easily examine the social contract under deontology, tho even there it appears a democratic amendment to be ethical.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Thanks, 4zen for your stimulating response. Of course, my acquaintance with Nietzsche is very superficial and based on "sound bites" from my cursory reading. As you probably can tell from my adopted name, I'm better schooled in the ethics of Aristotle as adopted and adapted by Thomas Aquinas. But I make no claim to be a philosopher, except in the most generalist sense.

    From the little research I just did, I would disagree with Nietzsche's assumptions in his thinking on ethics/morality. Namely, that man's acts do not have a rational basis and that man cannot have a moral code because he is part of the natural world which is amoral.
    At least this is what I seem to understand from various interpretations of his writings.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    I think Nietzsche would say there is no moral code 'inherent' in nature, that it is created by humans, it is our will...I have always found this a powerful concept to keep in the intellectual 'tool belt'. One finds many a salesman in life trying to sell 'The Moral Code' as they pick your back pocket...

  • For the most part, the legal department has been instructed to include ethical concerns, like conflict of interest.

    That is, of course, if the legal department is not run by Lisa Madigan.

  • In reply to jack:

    Well done, Jack!

  • This is very thought-provoking, and surely the source of the fascination in "The Time Machine" (by H.G. Wells or anyone else). "Can we influence the future?" Calvinist that I am, believing in destiny, I still believe in accident -- and responsibility. We should influence the future! (Yes, I am thinking of Tuesday.)

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