Analyzing Goodman´S View On Custom´S And Traits Of Societies

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In “Some Moral Minima,” Goodman states, “if it is true that no norm can be made unless some other is compromised, and are there no rules to tell us that principles are principles – no norms delineating concretely, and uncompromisingly, wrong from right?” (Goodman, 2010, p. 87)
Every society has customs and traits that make them distinctive to which each of these customs belong to people. Cultures and societies all have different moral standards. Lenn E. Goodman, states that we as humans and the societies we constitute can be wrong, unjust, vicious, tragically or self-deceivingly (Goodman, 2010, p. 88). When it comes to right and wrong, there is because neither what is virtuous within a particular individual, culture nor society’s morality must be understood and taken into consideration (Mosser, 2010)
Bimal Matilal, a young Oxford scholar made an effort to distinguish relativism from pluralism. Which he named four: respect for life, deference to truth, abhorrence of theft, and rejection of adultery which where are worthy of universal support. (Goodman, 2010, p. 89).
Goodman, then goes on to listing four areas of relativism and morals in which he feels are just wrong and should be eliminated. They are (1) genocide, politically, induced famine, and germ warfare; (2) terrorism, hostage taking, and child warriors; (3) slavery, polygamy, and incest; and (4) rape and female genital cutting (Goodman, 2010, p. 89).
I feel that Mr. Goodman is correct about his decision that genocide, politically, induced famine, and germ warfare that genocide, famine, and germ warfare wrong. Genocide is targeted towards individuals who are members of a particular group, who are out to destroy a race, a cultural, a linguistic, or ethnic identity with the intent destroy in whole or in part (Goodman, 2010, p. 89)
Then there is terrorism, hostages, and child warfare. Terrorism is a criminal act that influences an audience beyond the immediate victim, and commits an act of violence that draws the attention of the population, government, and the world (Terrorism research). Goodman explains that Terrorists explode the values they claim to fight. Their victims’ blood blurs and blots whatever ends were meant to justify the carnage (Goodman, 2010, p. 89) We all remember September 11, 2001 and how many innocent lives and people where effected, and that that is what they aim for. The more devastating the damage, the more inhumane, the more avidly is it sought by the strategist,...

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