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Unformatted text preview: the several flaws in this assumption is the reality that in almost all human endeavors there is a range of valuable talents. We live in a world of multiple bests. A good crew for a wilderness trip, for example, might include a seasoned guide, a good storyteller, a paramedic, and a talented cook. When several talents are valuable, it doesn't make sense to have a single notion of "the best." Second, something as complex as human talent is rarely measurable in arithmetic terms. Indeed, those who design rating systems for job applicants tell us there is no significant difference between 87 and 88 points, even though we act as though number 88 is somehow "more qualified" than number 87. Childish games, like rating potential sexual partners on a scale of 1 to 10, are laughable precisely because we know, from human experience, that the mix of intangibles and compatibility factors in human relationships cannot be distilled into numbers. Getting at what we really mean by "merit" demands subjectivity. SLHS Value File Morality (Deontology)
Autonomous beings must behave responsibly Bowie, Norman E, Blackwell Publishers, Business Ethics: A Kantian Perspective 1999, pp. 44-5 Autonomous responsible beings are capable of making and following their own laws; they are not simply subject to the causal laws of nature. Anyone who recognizes that he or she is autonomous should recognize that he or she is responsible (that he or she is a moral being). As Kant argues, the fact that one is a moral being enables us to say that such a being possesses dignity. KANT SEES GOOD INTENTIONS AS THE ONLY MEASURE OF ETHICS Alexander L. Nill, the American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona , and Clifford J. Shultz, School of Management at Arizona State University West in Phoenix, JOURNAL OF MACROMARKETING, Fall, 1997, p. 8. Every new cognition found in mathematics is objective as long as it stays within the axiomatic constraints, as long as we stay in the system made by our own reason. The same logic applies to Kant's ethical theory, which is truly deontological. Accordingly, being ethical...
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