Morality vs Sympathy - Quyn Dinh PHI 102 Alexander 9 April...

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Quyên Dinh PHI 102 Alexander 9 April 2008 Sympathies vs. Moralities In Bennett’s writing on the topic of feelings versus moral guidelines, he utilizes three individuals to compare each situation to deciding whether or not sympathy should win over morality. Bennett chooses the character Huckleberry Finn, Nazi officer Heinrich Himmler, and Calvinist theologian Jonathon Edwards to analyze each individual resolves the conflict between his “fellow feelings” and moral doctrines. Bennett shows that individuals, despite moral obligations to guidelines, could still give into their sympathies for another individual. This is exemplified by the decision Huckleberry Finn makes in the famous novel. Huckleberry Finn eventually gives into his feelings, setting the runaway slave Jim free, disregarding morality and the consequences that could have potentially followed if he was caught attempting such an act. On the other hand, Bennett shows that one could give up on sympathies and adhere to the moral norms set by society; using the
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course PHI 102 taught by Professor Castelao-lawless during the Spring '07 term at Grand Valley State University.

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