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August 2, 2013

Essay on Morality and Relativism

   In “Some Moral Minima” I believe Lenn Goodman’s argument is well-grounded when he says certain things are simply wrong without a doubt. I agree with Goodman on the issues he discusses such as genocide, terrorism, slavery, rape, polygamy, and incest. I agree with Goodman on these issues because there is never a good time to kill for the sake of killing, rape for the sake of sex, or take ones rights away for the sake of gaining respect or wealth. Goodman on the whole argues that every person whether it be man, woman, or child has the right to live and be free from any and all inhumane treatment. Goodman “think that all human aspirations worthy of the name deserve respect and support, materially and morally/intellectually” (p.88) but, to judge those things that is not morally right.
  I believe that all people are equal and have the right to live their own life; the violators should have no rights to commit these unruly acts of wrong. Who are we to judge anyone or why should others have the right to murder, rape, or rip the rights Goodman discusses slavery as a act of wrong in the article and I do agree with his views on this issue.   In the past some people thought of slavery as a racially ethical right. Today in our society there are still some of the older generation that still look down upon the African American population simply because of the color of their skin.   “Murder is destructive. But slavery keeps its victims alive while stripping his or her of rights from participating in society keeping them inferior.

   Goodman asserts that Locke's "assumption of the virtual equality of the power of all individuals" is a fiction, because it ignores "the plight of the helpless and dependent classes in society."27 In contrast, the Torah demands "that individuals be treated as equals, regardless of actual differences in their station, wealth or position." Lenn Goodman expresses a candidly metaphysical foundation of ethics in general and of rights in particular. Goodman practices natural theology, which ‘does not presuppose the veracity of scripture or tradition but work[s] from our common human understanding toward an appreciation, insofar as this is possible, of truths about God …’ Rational inquiry, following its own need for explanations of the world, discovers an Absolute; a single, coherent source of values.


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