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Metaphors and Moral Thinking Think about two principles (rules of thumb) that you have actually used to try to resolve ethical issues
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o Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. o First, do no harm. o What they don't know won’t hurt them? o Look out for numero uno. o An eye for an eye . . . . o Turn the other cheek.
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We tend to think in metaphors o Metaphor refers to non-literal use of words. “My heart bleeds for you.” “He exploded.” “I can't keep my anger bottled up anymore.” o We speak about one thing in terms used to speak about another.
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o Moral Accounting as a metaphor Moral interactions are commodity or commercial transactions. Commodity transactions = - “Here is two dollars for that magazine.” - “I loaned you money; you owe me money.”
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Commercial transactions create a realm of exchange (debt, credit, balance) that is applied metaphorically to moral transactions. Deeds/states are objects in transactions: - I’m getting help from my parents. -
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2009 for the course BB H 301 taught by Professor Stine,michele during the Spring '09 term at Penn State.

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