Chapter One: INTRODUCTION
Section 10. Final Questions
ask yourself: Do you understand all of the distinctions contained in the text,
and in the on-line documents?
Do you understand the reasons why such statements as "well it's true
for them…" are confused and mistaken (with exceptions)?
Do you understand the difference between the terms non-moral and
moral and amoral? (You should also have picked up from my responses to certain
posts that it is simply a mistake to "rule out" without argument certain
actions as non-moral. Abortion and sexuality simply are moral issues,
at least insofar as they dramatically affect other people. Do not confuse the
ethical judgment (that some people may have) that sexuality is in most
contexts morally acceptable, with the judgment that sexual behavior is a
behavior which is not subject to any moral evaluation at all.)
Do you understand why such statements as "no one can tell me what to
believe (or what to do)" doesn't work as a response to moral criticism? And
why it isn't a very respectable or sophisticated response to differences in
Do you understand what "nihilism" is and how it is not the same
thing as "skepticism"?
Did you look at the link to the internet document explaining what "emotivism"
is? Do you understand the strengths and weaknesses of emotivism? Do you see
the dramatic effect it would have on ethics if emotivism were true?
If you are uncertain of
the answers or answer "NO" to these questions you should go back and
review the texts again..
Proceed to the next chapter by returning to the
Textbook Table of Contents
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