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HA HA HA

More of a casuistry test than a morality test per se, isn't it?

gail

Well, yeah, there's that. How many angels would you push off the head of a pin, kinda thing.

HA HA HA

...or a "sentimentality test", though that implies as much of a judgment about what the "right" answers are as "morality test" does.

HA HA HA

...if an angel could chuck wood!

gail

All it really tests is what choice you would make in the test.

gail

As spiritual entities, angels probably can't chuck wood because they wouldn't be able to exert force.

gail

Of course, without casuistry, ethicists would be out of work. Would you want to be responsible for putting innocent college professors on the dole? Or making them go to work as Wal Mart greeters?

HA HA HA

Innocent college professors, no.

But then I think about my advisor...

If by making my advisor a Wal-Mart greeter, I could save five other professors in the department from working cash registers at Best Buy... But I can think of only three I'd want to save. And the Dean or Whatever of Academic Something, who used to teach a seminar class in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. I'd save her. But wait, Google says she's in the department full time now.

Welcome to Wal-Mart, Prof. B----w!

prairie biker

I found it very interesting that they said they wanted to gauge morality without defining what that morality was. From a Machiovellian or Nietzschean sense, perhaps my decisions were moral. I will point out that they don't really give you enough information to judge if your decision was moral or not. Perhaps that sick, dying man in the life raft was the only innocent there and it would have been more moral to throw the ex-cons overboard and allow the one man to die a peaceful death.

prairie biker

My other issue is they wanted to know if you "could" make that decision, not if you "would". I don't think their implication was enough to infer action on your behalf. If actually confronted with such a decision, I think most people would not be able to take action.

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