Responsibility and morals


1. Under what conditions can human beings be held morally responsible for what they do?

2. If our actions are determined by other influences, does that get us off the hook, or should we accept responsibility even in cases where we could not have done otherwise?

Practical examples are excellent tools for exploring our intuitions on this issue, so try to introduce at least one concrete case from your own experience for which you would accept full responsibility and one for which you would take no responsibility at all.

Special Instructions: Please follow instructions in order to customize the practical examples to my personal experiences in the United States Navy.

1.(I take full responsibility for impregnating my ex-girlfriend out of wed-lock, in the 3rd year of a four year military term). In a paragraph explain that it was my responsibility to use a contraceptive, such as a condom. 2. (I take no responsibility for participating in operations to fire missiles towards the middle-east during 9/11 War.) In a paragraph explain that it was my job/duty to protect and defend the United States at all costs, especially when the U.S. was under attack by terrorists around September 11, 2001.

Additional Instructions:

Total essay should be a minimum of 1 page in APA format. Use between 1-2 scholarly sources for references. Be sure to utilize in-text citations.

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