The Disparity Between Intellect and Character
Melisse A. Powell
Basic Critical Thinking
Instructor Krista Bridgmon
How would you explain the fact that morally evil people can be highly educated in terms of ethics and religion? In other words, how do you account for the gap that sometime occurs between knowledge of ethics and being an ethical person?
The difference between the knowledge of ethics and being an ethical person, is that ethical knowledge is knowledge that can be taught in an institution. I think that ethical knowledge is the study of ethics, what it is, how it works, how to identify different aspects of ethics. To be an ethical person, means that you posses ethical morals. I believe that an ethical moral is an influenced behavior, which has to do with the way you were raised, strong influences growing up (older siblings, cousins, parents, minister), and events you have experienced throughout your life. I believe that a morally evil person can be highly educated in ethics because ethical
knowledge does not teach ethical morals. It can explain what ethical morals are but it does not teach a student how to feel or which ethical morals are right or wrong.
Do you think that colleges have a moral obligation to help students become more ethical individuals? Why or why not ?
I do not think that colleges have moral obligations to help students become ethical individuals because for one, there are a lot of people who attend college from different backgrounds, and with that comes different upbringings. I believe that colleges don't teach ethical morals because it would contradict what was taught to the student by their family, friends, and other social and religious influences. I also believe that colleges don't teach ethical morals because there are a lot of careers that require for you to have no type of emotional attachment in your field of work. For example, you're a licensed doctor, and for the first time, a small child...
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