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Philosophy
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PHL295H1
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Don Waterfall

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PHL 295 Feb 3, 2010
Everyone is doing it
Green's conditions of when it is permissible to do something when most others are doing it
prisoner's dilemma
-often used with a parent model force
-if everyone else is doing it then its justified that its okay for you to do it too
-suppose that virtually
-moral duty
-if the harm done amounts to a serious wrong doing... then the argument that everybody is
doing it has no froce at all!!!
-stealing, generally speaking is wrong... but CAN be justified... say if everyone's starving
-killing is def wrong... but self-defense?
-lack of social cooperation
Green approaches this by setting 5 conditions... for when this argument actually has moral
force pg.69
1. Refraining from this behaviour will unavoidably cause you or people you care for serious
harm or loss
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-suppose theres a long river... companies have plants on this river... all or most of the
companies/plants are dumping affluence into the river... so its severely polluted.. your
company has to decide whether to pollute or not to pollute.
-if you rerain from polluting will it harm you or the group you care abt?
-if you do chose not to pollute... your business will not fluorish
2. engaging will not cause serious harm or loss in addition to others
if you pollute like everybody else... it's already so bad... your 2 cents won't make it
significantly worse
3. engaging won't cause others to do yet mor eharm
-as much harm has already been done
4. you refraining from it won't lead others to refrain
These 4 conditions will make it PERMISSIBLE for someone to do it. if you don't it would be
superergatory
-these conditions jointly sufficient
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5. -this one would make it morally obligatory
-refraining this behaviour would make the situation considerably worse than if you had
participated in the behavous
-suppose you're in a jailer full of political prisoners... universial solitary confindment...
inmates are not allowed to communicate with one another at all!
-all the others comply... but you don't
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PHL 295 Feb 3, 2010 Everyone is doing it Greens conditions of when it is permissible to do something when most others are doing it prisoners dilemma -often used with a parent model force -if everyone else is doing it then its justified that its okay for you to do it too -suppose that virtually -moral duty -if the harm done amounts to a serious wrong doing... then the argument that everybody is doing it has no froce at all!!! -stealing, generally speaking is wrong... but CAN be justified... say if everyones starving -killing is def wrong... but self-defense? -lack of social cooperation Green approaches this by setting 5 conditions... for when this argument actually has moral force pg.69 1. Refraining from this behaviour will unavoidably cause you or people you care for serious harm or loss www.notesolution.com
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