Thursday, January 23, 2014
Chapter 2 is about moral theories that can be used to evaluate and examine moral and ethical issues. In our discussion group we immediately went into everyone's views on the mayor's predicament, and most of us had differing opinions. Some thought that we should adamantly stand against the unmoral command to kill and be defiant against the oppression. Others thought that the "Greater good" of the group outweighed the few who participated in the violence, also in that same group, people felt they would like more information on the situation. Did the two guerrilla fighters kill the soldiers in self defense? Did they seek out the soldiers with intentions to hurt and kill them? How bad are these labor camps? Some felt that you should just abstain from the decision altogether.
Then we went into Genetic modification of children. A few were against it on the grounds that you shouldn't impose your will and wishes on your unborn child. Some felt that in some instances it was acceptable, not in attributes like height, hair color, or eye color, but it was ok in places like medical conditions, diseases, or disease predispositions.
Then Dr. Oliver came by and asked us about how we felt in relation to the moral theories. He asked where we felt we stood; which theory do we feel describes our personal thoughts on the above issues? He also mentioned the train scenario (Are the lives of the many more valuable than the life of the few?) , and he posed the question, "Is there a difference between killing and letting die?" which we had kind of touched upon throughout our discussion. We also talked about conflicting values and moral codes.
Lastly we touched on the issue in the book about death row inmates and organs for transplant. It was an interesting topics that I wish we would have had more time to get into.
We also left with the task of thinking up a group name for ourselves.