The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence

The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence

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Sociology and Ethics 1 The Influence of Sociology on Ethics and American Jurisprudence Kesha Lynch Prof. Charles Lako January 22, 2008 BUL3130 OLO1 University of Central Florida
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Sociology and Ethics 2 Americans have gotten past the urge to secure our basic needs. Woods shares a particularly amicable statement by the author David Lodge, "Westerners in particular -- have gotten "beyond the four Fs… fighting, fleeing, feeding, and . . . mating." Sociology Social rules depend heavenly on the country’s social agenda. Failure to stick to these rules may lead to exclusion from society. Whether it is jail or debilitating embarrassment. For instance, you begin preparing for a birthday party for one of your coworkers. You assumed it was casual since it was merely a birthday party. It shouldn’t be that formal. You slide on your favorite pair of jeans, most flattering corset, and daring pumps. Not that bad, right? Wrong! As soon as you open the door to the party, you realized that you have made a terrible mistake! Everyone had on their Sunday’s best. Some even dusted off their prom dresses for the occasion. You were definitely underdressed and your fellow party-goers had no reservations letting you know. You dropped your gift off and commenced a speedy exit. There is a fundamental human need to belong to social groups. Evolution has taught us that survival and prosperity is more likely if we live and work together. However, to live together, we need to agree on common beliefs, values, attitudes and behaviors that reduce in-group threats act for the common good (Asch, 2007). We thus learn to conform to rules of other people. And the more we see others behaving in a certain way or making particular decisions, the more we feel obliged to follow suit. This will happen even when we are in a group of complete strangers. We will go along with the others to avoid looking like a fool. However the forces are strongest when we care most about respect and love from others in the group.
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