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phil.1026 - Philosophy 20A Hannen 10/26/07...

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Philosophy 20A Hannen 10/26/07 Rightness/goodness – how could it affect our lives? Consequences make is right or wrong No knowledge of moral facts because moral facts can’t be nature How do I know what morals are? Certain assumptions about the world Some things are pleasure, etc Don’t discover any properties in the world that are good or right Different between knowing kicking a dog is wrong and kicking a rock is fine? o Empathic emotions toward living things, i.e. the dog o Capacity for feelings, this living thing can have pain o Difference between moral consequences between kicking a dog and kicking a rock is our capacity for feelings Divine command theory – goodness and rightness come from divine command o Something is right if commanded by god, divine origin o Something is good because it is commanded by God, explanation of rightness, cant be any intrinsic property that makes it wrong, something’s being right or wrong is arbitrary o Love thy neighbor, divine command behind it
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