Daily Archives: July 9, 2011

Irreconcilable flaws in Schopenhauer’s theory of Morality

The search for a solid foundation for morality is one that many philosophers have participated in; Schopenhauer is simply one of them.   His theory, from On the Basis of Morality, states that compassion is the genuine incentive and therefore foundational for morality.   Schopenhauer states that compassion arises from human beings having inevitably first committed an … Continue reading »

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Kant and Moral Worth

In “Foundations of the Metaphysics of Morals,” Kant establishes an ethical view that only actions performed from duty have moral worth.  In order to be a moral action, the action must have its grounding in a maxim that can be universalized; the maxim should be applicable to every circumstances or cases without a fundamental flaw … Continue reading »

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A Critical Report of Ronald Dworkin’s Integrity in Law

Positive law is one of the fundamental schools of thought in jurisprudence and the philosophy of law, amongst a few others such as Natural Law and Legal Realism.  The concept of legal positivism in essence is engrained in two basic ideas: one, that morality and law have no inherent or necessary connection, and the second … Continue reading »

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Hart – Rule of Recognition and Law

What makes something a law and how does it come about to be a law? Is morality necessary or sufficient for law in general? Can the two or should they be separate? Two types of views answering these questions are the Natural Law Theory and the Positivist Theory.  One prominent natural law theorist, St. Thomas … Continue reading »

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Analyzing the Case of Dax Cowart

One of the ideas central to medical ethics is that of patient autonomy.  The conflict though is always determining exactly how much autonomy the patient possesses. Is it morally permissible to allow a patient to have complete autonomy?  Do patients lose rights when they go to a doctor?  Should a doctor do what a patient … Continue reading »

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