Ethics4 - Morality is based on law Or at least that is what the famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes argues Only with a government that can reward good

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Morality is based on law. Or at least, that is what the famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes argues. Only with a government that can reward good behavior and punish bad can we live in a world of “moral conduct”. And actually, I tend to agree. In the social life we experience, our world is shaped and controlled by laws. Laws tell us how to act, what to say, how to dress, what side of the road to drive on. Laws give us something to base our moral decisions on. Without a law against killing other humans, who is to say that it’s wrong? Without a devastating emotional and possibly physical punishment for the act, what would be the motivation to thinking that murder is not only inappropriate in the extreme, but also dehumanizing? The answer is, there wouldn’t be any. For those who disagree with me, and subsequently with Hobbes, lets take another example. Say you are in your house, calmly reading a book, and a man bursts through your front door, threatens your family and brandishes a deadly weapon. With the lives of your family (and your own) at
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This essay was uploaded on 04/01/2008 for the course ETHICS 2010 taught by Professor William during the Fall '07 term at Western Michigan.

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Ethics4 - Morality is based on law Or at least that is what the famous philosopher Thomas Hobbes argues Only with a government that can reward good

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