Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?
By the end of today you will: <ul><li>KNOW what is meant by the term  ‘moral absolute’ </li></ul><ul><li>UNDERSTAND why so...
Profile:  Brian Spillman <ul><li>job: undercover police man </li></ul><ul><li>responsibility: to catch the criminal </li><...
Profile:  Brian Spillman <ul><li>job: undercover police man </li></ul><ul><li>responsibility: to catch the criminal </li><...
So how do you know what to do? <ul><li>this is asking you... </li></ul><ul><li>how do you decide what is the right thing t...
Remember this guy? <ul><li>Immanuel Kant & the Categorical Imperative </li></ul><ul><li>people are starting to worry about...
“ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do,  all the time !” <ul><li>what would the world be li...
“ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do,  all the time !”
perhaps it’s more complicated than that? <ul><li>Should he have given him the keys? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a difficult de...
Is it ever right to do the WRONG thing?
conflict of interests? <ul><li>What do you think might be running through Brian's head? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he torn betwe...
Q1- what would Kant say about Brian? was he right to do what he did?
a real life story... <ul><li>imagine this was you </li></ul><ul><li>what would you say to defend yourself? </li></ul><ul><...
an ancient story... <ul><li>they had rules back then too... </li></ul><ul><li>really strict ones... </li></ul><ul><li>that...
“ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do,  all the time !”
Q2 <ul><li>What did Jesus think about human rules that were required to be kept absolutely? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you k...
Moral Absolutes <ul><li>are when you think something is right or  ususally  wrong </li></ul><ul><li>but more than that... ...
Moral Absolutes <ul><li>What sorts of things are we told in our daily lives are moral absolutes? </li></ul><ul><li>things ...
What, Always?? <ul><li>Should you tell the truth even if you know something really bad will happen if you do? </li></ul><u...
By the end of today you will: <ul><li>KNOW what is meant by the term  ‘moral absolute’ </li></ul><ul><li>UNDERSTAND why so...
<ul><li>“ These contradictions simply don’t happen in real life.”- Geech </li></ul>
Extension <ul><li>“ These contradictions simply don’t happen in real life.”- Geech </li></ul>Think about this statement.  ...
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Moral Absolutes

  1. 2. Is it ever right to do the wrong thing?
  2. 3. By the end of today you will: <ul><li>KNOW what is meant by the term ‘moral absolute’ </li></ul><ul><li>UNDERSTAND why some religious people think there are problems with making absolute moral rules </li></ul><ul><li>HAVE DEVELOPED your ability to think about moral questions critically </li></ul>
  3. 4. Profile: Brian Spillman <ul><li>job: undercover police man </li></ul><ul><li>responsibility: to catch the criminal </li></ul><ul><li>so is he a failure?? </li></ul>
  4. 5. Profile: Brian Spillman <ul><li>job: undercover police man </li></ul><ul><li>responsibility: to catch the criminal </li></ul><ul><li>did he ‘do the wrong thing?’ </li></ul>
  5. 6. So how do you know what to do? <ul><li>this is asking you... </li></ul><ul><li>how do you decide what is the right thing to do? </li></ul><ul><li>how would you convince people that thought you were doing the wrong thing? </li></ul>
  6. 7. Remember this guy? <ul><li>Immanuel Kant & the Categorical Imperative </li></ul><ul><li>people are starting to worry about how you know what to do </li></ul><ul><li>“ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do, all the time !” </li></ul>
  7. 8. “ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do, all the time !” <ul><li>what would the world be like if policemen just let people go all the time ? </li></ul><ul><li>So according to Mr Kant, what he did was totally wrong. no doubt. </li></ul>
  8. 9. “ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do, all the time !”
  9. 10. perhaps it’s more complicated than that? <ul><li>Should he have given him the keys? </li></ul><ul><li>Is it a difficult decision? Why? </li></ul>
  10. 11. Is it ever right to do the WRONG thing?
  11. 12. conflict of interests? <ul><li>What do you think might be running through Brian's head? </li></ul><ul><li>Is he torn between two things that are right? </li></ul>
  12. 13. Q1- what would Kant say about Brian? was he right to do what he did?
  13. 14. a real life story... <ul><li>imagine this was you </li></ul><ul><li>what would you say to defend yourself? </li></ul><ul><li>what would be the right thing to do? </li></ul>
  14. 15. an ancient story... <ul><li>they had rules back then too... </li></ul><ul><li>really strict ones... </li></ul><ul><li>that would be punished... </li></ul><ul><li>some of them by stoning... </li></ul>
  15. 16. “ You should only do things which you would choose for everyone to do, all the time !”
  16. 17. Q2 <ul><li>What did Jesus think about human rules that were required to be kept absolutely? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you know? </li></ul>
  17. 18. Moral Absolutes <ul><li>are when you think something is right or ususally wrong </li></ul><ul><li>but more than that... </li></ul><ul><li>it’s something that is never okay, no matter what happens... </li></ul>
  18. 19. Moral Absolutes <ul><li>What sorts of things are we told in our daily lives are moral absolutes? </li></ul><ul><li>things about which there’s no discussion (q3). </li></ul>
  19. 20. What, Always?? <ul><li>Should you tell the truth even if you know something really bad will happen if you do? </li></ul><ul><li>q4 </li></ul>
  20. 21. By the end of today you will: <ul><li>KNOW what is meant by the term ‘moral absolute’ </li></ul><ul><li>UNDERSTAND why some religious people think there are problems with making absolute rules </li></ul><ul><li>HAVE DEVELOPED your ability to think about ideas of moral questions </li></ul>
  21. 22. <ul><li>“ These contradictions simply don’t happen in real life.”- Geech </li></ul>
  22. 23. Extension <ul><li>“ These contradictions simply don’t happen in real life.”- Geech </li></ul>Think about this statement. Is it true in your experience? Think of an example of people that “have done done what was wrong” but you think it might’ve been right.

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