Robin M Ritchey
[ July 21, 2010 ]
Discussion Question 1-
Cluster 2 agreed that moral character is often formed by lessons learned as a child through either experience or through parental instruction. Moral character is also not always defined by a person’s habits, as habits are not always classified as good and bad, black and white. There are a lot of gray areas concerning habits. Moral character defines who a person is and what that person stands for. Patricia Keith sums up the answer well with her response given to discussion question 1 on Tue 07/13/2010 09:00 PM saying “Habits by definition are not indicative of bad moral character. Moral character is the way that one perceives what is good, right or wrong.” And also “Bad habits such as smoking, drinking, biting ones nails, or driving fast are not indicative of bad moral character but are simply bad choices made by some humans who are not fully utilizing their ability to reason. If in fact they were it would be intellectually obvious that smoking, drinking, and biting his or her nails are bad for one’s health, and driving fast is bad for both theirs and others safety.” I believe she gave clear examples of what the group itself was trying to say as a whole. To paraphrase Patricia’s thoughts: Bad choices made by an individual do not necessarily mean the individual has a bad moral character. (reference on page 3)
Keith, P. (2010, July 13). Re: Week 4: Discussion Question #1 Cluster #2 [Discussion QuestionResponse]. Message posted to http://University of Phoenix class forum,PHI/105Introduction to Philosophy course website.