Is it possible to consider oneself a moral being without resorting to some form of
According to Judith A. Boss in her book Analyzing Moral Issues
, it is.
says, “Knowing how to ground discussions of moral issues in moral theory and good moral
reasoning will make us less vulnerable to persuasive, but logically incorrect, thinking.” (Boss, 3)
The persuasive, but logically incorrect, thinking Boss talks about is double think.
Boss, becoming well grounded in moral philosophy and moral theories is an easy and simple
way to avoid resorting to doublethink, but it is not as easy and simple as she makes it out to be.
Even Boss herself, an expert in moral philosophy and theories, practices doublethink numerous
times throughout her book.
Also, the moral theories explained by her are very conducive to
In her book, Boss oversimplifies a very complicated issue.
very “cookie cutter” theories and methods for being a moral person, that do not take into account
how to act or think about some of the more complicated moral issues.
Although Boss tries to
convey the idea that becoming a moral person is easily attainable, a closer examination of the
text shows it to be hard, if not impossible, to do so without practicing doublethink.
Boss tries to promote being a truly moral person, without practicing doublethink, though
she herself practices it throughout the text.
She says, “Slavery is now considered highly immoral
in the United States.” (Boss, 7)
While this is true, at the same time almost all American products
are produced overseas by laborers that work long grueling days for low pay, which might as well
be slave labor.
Because the majority of Americans do not see or know about this slave labor,
they consider themselves moral beings.
This is an example of doublethink because Boss and
many other Americans are opposed to slavery, yet benefit from slave labor anytime they use a
product from overseas.