Leslie chapters 1 and 2
Postmodernism as avoidance of encompassing definitions or truths
The price of postmodern thought
- a loss of "common sense"
- acceptance of "cognitive dissonance"
- a lack of consistent world view
- the rise of "victimhood"
- decline in taking personal responsibility
- a law suit nation
- group victimhood
- class action
- gender and race as excuse
- polarization of views
- a decline in dialog
- focus on debate of extremes
- "doing the right thing"
- "moral principles for living and making decisions"
- "customs and manners"
Moral relativism versus moral legalism
- we will explore a middle ground
Organizing an Ethical Toolbox
Anderson and Englehart, p. 23-53
We are immersed in obligation
- To ourselves
- To each other
- The baseline on which we are able to live together
- Ethics is the study of our obligations
A first dialectic: freedom and obligation
Our fundamental obligations:
A second dialectic: doing good and avoiding harm
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