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Lecture03 - Rethinking Modern Technology B “ “ ”...

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Unformatted text preview: Rethinking Modern Technology » B “ “* * ” ¶∙ Lau Chong­Fuk 2008­09 First Term Lecture 3 Questionnaire Questionnaire 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Euthanasia ( � � ) ” Trolley Problem Trolley with Fat Man Mercy Clinic Unconscious Violinist Baby Theresa Y 20 24 9 0 24 14 N 7 3 18 27 3 13 Relativism I Relativism I ► Extreme Relativism ► Moral Relativism “Everything is relative.” “There is no objective truth.” Can the above sentences be true? Extreme relativism is self­defeating! “All moral values are relative.” “There is no universal moral standard.” No universal moral standard? Think about killing innocents arbitrarily, holocaust, massacre! Relativism II ► An Invalid Inference ► A Wrong Motive The fact that some moral standards appear to be relative (to culture) does not imply that there is no objective, universal moral standard! Relativism is wrongly associated with the virtues like tolerance and respect of other cultures. If there were no universal moral standards, no one would be morally obligated to respect other cultures! The questions become: What are the universal moral principles? What principles apply to what problems? ► Rejecting Relativism ...
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  • Spring '08
  • LauChong-Fuk
  • Harshad number, Baby Theresa, Moral relativism, universal moral standard, extreme relativism, Trolley Problem Trolley

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