Moral Development: Thinking Ethically Chapters 5, 6, 11, p. 82 - p. 84, and Irrelevant Appeals
Every race or ethnic group has it's own values and characteristic behaviors. No group's values are any better or any worse than any other's and criticism of another's ideas and actions is wrong.
the ingredients of a culture reflect the background and development and natural habitat of that culture.
Yes, think of racism and sexism. Many long standing groups embrace these.
Is it possible for a custom to be long standing, consistent with other group behaviors and still immoral?
1) Different ways of viewing the same value; 2) Belief that a higher value takes precedence, including relgious beliefs or taboos; 3) Value considered not applicable to the victim
Differences in values exist, so they are attributable to...?
1) Cultures are dynamic; 2) Technology has revolutionized values; 3) People are fallible
3 Appropriate Moral Judgment Points
1) Knowledge of the issue is not the same as knowledge of the moral quality of the action. 2) Time and place have no bearing on the moral quality of the action. 3) Culpability for immoral acts may vary widely from no moral responsibility to an extreme level.
3 Moral Judgment Cautions
Morally no, legally yes
Is ignorance viewed as being morally responsible?
Is being forced to do something viewed as being morally responsible?
Something so bad that cannot be renationalized
Crime Against Humanity
Leaving details out
To jump to answer too quickly
To believe something without legitimate proof
Using different criteria in similar situations to meet one's own needs
Appeal to Common Practice
Action is moral because everyone does it
Appear to Tradition
Any action is moral because of one's own customs
Appeal to Conscience
A belief that you believe strongly enough that makes it so
The degree of a person's moral responsibility of one's actions