Combining Theories of Action and Moral Philosophy

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2021-12
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Uselman, David
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Padgett-Walsh, Cullen
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Philosophy and Religious Studies
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies focuses on two areas of study. Its major in Philosophy seeks to examine human experience and reality through critical reflection and argument, developing skills in critical analysis and knowledge of ethics and philosophy. The major in Religious Studies seeks to investigate and reflect upon world religions in an objective, critical, and appreciative manner, providing students with knowledge of religion’s nature and its roles in social and individual life.
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One of the underlying principles in modern society is that we should all get what we deserve, but what do we deserve? Any useful answer to this question must allow us to understand three things; (1) what events we are responsible for, (2) how to decide if we should be morally reprimanded or praised for those things, and (3) a way to combine (1) and (2) into a coherent theory. In this paper we will build an account of action from the work done by Aristotle and Donald Davidson in order to answer (1), we will then look at works by both Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill to help answer (2), and then we will combine the two and investigate the ideas of Dr. Yuval Noah Harari in an attempt to find a solution to (3). We will conclude with a brief discussion of what we have learned and what work still needs to be done.
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