The requirements for the discussion this week are a minimum of four posts on four separate days. Your response to the question posed should be at least 600 words. Be sure to answer all the questions in the prompt and to read any resources that are required to complete the discussion properly.
Chapter 6 of our text, Understanding Philosophy. Please read the following sections:
- Problems with Deontology
- Free Speech
Please also read the Kant writing. It can be found at http://www.earlymoderntexts.com/pdfs/kant1785.pdf. You should also read the Nagel article titled War and massacre.
- Labaton, A. (Producer) & Schindler, M. (Director). (2002). Religion, war, and violence: The ethics of war and peace [Documentary]. Retrieved from Films On Demand database.
- Start watching this video at the 1:20 mark. This segment of the video examines the origins and principles of “just war theory” and considers moral and political objections which question just war theory in light of recent and contemporary wars.
Thames, B. [Brad Thames]. (2013, May 3). Drones are ethical and effective|Kenneth Anderson|Oxford union [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/-w8jCU9EFYI
- In this video, Kenneth Anderson argues that the precision of drones justifies their use and makes them ethically superior to other weapon systems.
Thames, B. [Brad Thames]. (2013, May 3). Drones are not ethical and effective|Prof. Jeremy Waldron|Oxford union [Video file]. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/VFHwri2Tpus
- In this video, Professor Jeremy Waldron argues that drone warfare as it is currently conducted is unethical because it violates traditional principles that define our historical understanding of war.
The Stochastic Sister. (2011, Aug. 6). Curb your enthusiasm – waiting room policy [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIVYdd60eNs&feature=youtu.be
- In this scene from Curb Your Enthusiasm, the main character must deal with the outcomes of demanding consistency in application of deontological principles. Transcript
WestmontTV. (2013, March 7). What is just war theory, Michael Walzer, Feb. 21, 2013 [Video file]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9f4XuOkMCSA
- Start this video at the 14-minute mark. In this video, Michael Walzer discusses the principles of just war theory by comparing actions in war time to actions in civil life, and examining the moral equivalency of soldiers on both sides of the battlefield. Transcript
Is it ever morally permissible to lie to someone? Describe a circumstance in which it seems that lying might make more people happy than telling the truth. Would lying be the right thing to do in that circumstance, or is it our moral duty to tell the truth, even then? Consider what Immanuel Kant would say, and explain that with reference to this week’s readings. Then, offer your own perspective. If you agree with Kant, consider and respond to an objection to his view. If you disagree with Kant, explain why. Discuss the positive and negative aspects of deontological theory as it relates to another of the theories you have encountered in this course.
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||11/19/2014 12:00 am