Homework 1 - Jessica Dietz UTEID: JAD2793 PHL 304 March 3,...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–2. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Jessica Dietz UTEID: JAD2793 PHL 304 March 3, 2008 Homework #1 Thin Mints, Tagalongs, and Samoas; the mere mention of those words makes most mouths water, conjuring images of cute little girls sitting at a worn and wobbly card table outside local supermarkets. While most would jump at the opportunity to purchase cookies to support these girls, concurrently supporting our taste buds’ indulgence, on January 30, 2008 two teenage girls had a very different objective in mind. While one of the teenagers distracted a nine-year- old Girl Scout, her accomplice grabbed an envelope containing $167 earned from the sale of cookies. Many would never even consider such actions; in fact, the mere thought would disgust most. Something deep inside tells most that certain actions are inherently wrong; something most cannot explain other than the fact that “it just is.” However, the ponderings of philosophers such as Aristotle, John Stuart Mill, and Immanuel Kant present a clear reasoning on why actions such as stealing money from Girl Scouts is morally wrong. Aristotle’s philosophy comes from a theory called Virtue Ethics. In Virtue Ethics the specific actions of a person are not the focal point, but instead the spotlight turns to question the ‘good’ or ‘bad’ character of the person. Aristotle would argue that the teenage girls who stole from the Girl Scouts would be immoral because a person with good character would never give into a vice like the passion of temptation to steal. He believes that one would evolve and demonstrate a ‘good’ character by doing morally good actions. Everyone desires more wealth, but according to Aristotle, one can only pursue this desire under the morally right circumstances at the morally right time. Stealing money from little girls would definitely not be considered a morally right circumstance to expand one’s wealth. Laws exist to govern against stealing and
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Image of page 2
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/20/2008 for the course PHL 304K taught by Professor Ledyard during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

Page1 / 4

Homework 1 - Jessica Dietz UTEID: JAD2793 PHL 304 March 3,...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 2. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online