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Obsession of Perfection

At the end of "The Birthmark," Aylmer both succeeds and fails. He succeeds in that he finally rid his wife of her birthmark. He fails in that…she is dead. Finally, this story involve man’s desire to prefect what is already perfect and the use of science as a flawed tool to attain this perfection. Sure, Georgiana dies right afterwards, but the fact remains that Aylmer does indeed succeed in rem...

Key Features of Utilitarianism

Lastly, there are other forms of Utilitarianism such as the “Best Interest Utilitarianism” by Peter Singer where he tries to solve the problem that some pleasures are bad for us. Preference Utilitarianism by R. M. Hare where he tries to solve the problem that people have different ideas of pleasure even if it’s something very small and specific, not everyone wants and thinks the same. Ending...

Personality Traits and Development of Sir Gawain

This scar on his neck is an example of Memento Mori, a keepsake that helps Gawain remember his mortality and ability to commit human error. Sir Gawain learns the true value of life through a convoluted process. He is no longer the chivalrous knight that he originally was because he makes the mistake of not telling Lord Bertilak, who turns out to be the corrupted Green Knight in disguise, about the...

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Louis Pojman

He states a variety of general ethical principles (ten, specifically, which may have a connection to the Ten Commandments or may just be a coincidence) that seem to be necessary to rid suffering, resolve conflict, and promote human flourishing. While reading Pojman’s statements on ethical relativism I asked myself where do we draw the line on deciding what is right and wrong. As a Christian it w...

"I'm a fool" by S. Anderson

At the end of the story the swipe doesn't tell Miss Lucy, Mr. Wilbur, or Miss Woodbury that he isn't who he says he is, he doesn't come clean with how he knew About Ben Ahem would win, or where he is from, even after Miss Lucy says that she would write to him because "She whispered and said it was like she and I could get out of the boat and walk on water." So even though the swipe is remorseful ...

"Big Black Good Man" by Richard Wright

Our decisions and judgments greatly affect who we are as people. Olaf went from an easy going and down to earth man to a man of pure hatred and revenge just because of one judgment he made in his life. This judgment continued to haunt him till finally the black man returned. When the back man did return he surprised Olaf and Olaf's judgments swept away and he saw the black guy's compassion. If Ola...

French Nobility in History

During the sixteenth through eighteenth centuries there was a different understanding of what a true noble was and what allowed you to become a noble. There were two different versions of how to become a noble. Either by sacrificing money to the army and being under the service of the king or by being born in a noble family. Both of these versions had their own ups and downs and influenced the peo...

The Problems of Euthanasia and Infanticide

A utilitarian through and through, Singer merely applied the dictum of producing the most happiness for the most people in conjunction with his view that what matters is not the species of a creature but its sentience and ability for self-awareness. With these in mind, and all subjectivity aside, his pursuit of the legalization of euthanasia and selective infanticide are logical – as logical as ...

Moral Lessons

Pamela's virtue affected the young Miss Goodwin who is Mr. B's daughter from a previous affair. Pamela succeeds in establishing the moral character of Miss Goodwin, who does not repeat her mother’s mistakes. The virtue described in Pamela was of a much broader and more significant scope. Pamela's effort to co-ordinate her human drives and the moral code she had learned represented the real confl...

Jeremy Bentham and Immanuel Kant

We must respect everyone in the exact same way and treat them as autonomous. As rational beings, humans are systematically united through common laws within the Kingdom of Ends. We belong to this kingdom as a member when we legislate in it universal laws while also being ourselves subject to these laws. According to Kant, everyone, no matter who they are, should be both the legislator and the foll...

Moral Lessons In LIFE

A story that adult could definitely learn from. It is stories that will give you hope of wanting to excel, wants to push yourself and wants to be more, to be all that you can be. It will remind me of having self-determination like Jonathan who bore lies and twisted truths, success and failure that no matter what happened, he kept after his search of freedom of his true self and also it remind me t...

The Compatibility of Free Will and Determinism

If a scientist were to bombard your brain with chips that would cause you to have particular values and beliefs, would it mean anything to say your choices, based on psychological motives and beliefs, are free (Lawhead, 311)? I don’t believe that it would and this argument poses a problem for the compatibilist claim. Circumstantial freedom does not sufficiently account for peoples’ actions, ju...

Immanuel Kant and Jeremy Bentham

If a gunman walked into a crowded store, would I take the gunman down to save lives putting my life in jeopardy, would I tell him the police are on their way even though I may be lying? Kant follows a strict path, one that he may have broken if faced with a certain situation, we are human of course, and this is where I side with Bentham. Being a former law officer I have seen good and bad in this ...

Kantianism and Utilitarianism

Also, it focuses on the motivation of actions, has clear and distinct set of universal rules, and is morally logical. On the other hand, Utilitarianism is based on the concept that we ought to do whatever produces the greatest overall utility and this will be the morally right action. Furthermore, it relies on the consequences of an action, has no set universal laws as each action is assessed on a...

The Shawshank Redemption

Through this, it is evident just how influential the ethical decisions of a leader and the “shadow or light” they cast can be (Johnson, 2012). Thus, against the backdrop of the microcosmic subculture of Shawshank Prison, one sees the importance of justice and fair use of power to American society. The adage that, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely,” (Johnson, 2012, p. 1...

The Testament by John Grisham

The Testament contrasts the ideologies of a father and daughter who could not be more dissimilar.  Troy’s life of adventure and fortune leaves him an empty soul.  Alone and hated at death, no one mourns him.  In contrast, Rachel lives a rich and empowering life.  She sacrifices material comforts for a life serving God in remote jungles of the world and, in doing so, is fulfilled.  ...

Is gambling immoral?

Irresponsible gambling, on the other hand, in which the gambler loses property essential for living, or money that doesn’t belong to him, is immoral and should be stopped at all costs. Instead of arguing over whether or not gambling should be legalized, I think the government should spend more time on thinking which venues it should issue a license to. These casinos are merely another sort of bu...

Victorian Era Morality in a Film Heat and Dust

At the end of Victorian times things changed and many women adopted the tailor made garment that showed their more serious concern to be recognized as thinking beings with much to offer society beyond being a social asset for a husband. New inventions such as sewing machine or railway and the capability to use those led to new thinking and women of all classes felt the dynamic atmosphere of change...

Kantian Ethics - Kantianism

On the contrary, after he gets released, people start walking all over him because he doesn't have the ability to protect himself. That is because he doesn't have a rational reasoning anymore. There are no gray areas with Ludovico Technique, because the patient doesn't have a free thought process anymore. They will only do things that can't, even as an accident, hurt someone. Not only that, he als...

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