We are morally obligated to act in the face of all injustice

August 14, 2015, 4:37 pm

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The debate "We are morally obligated to act in the face of all injustice" was started by Sosocratese on August 14, 2015, 4:37 pm. By the way, Sosocratese is disagreeing with this statement. 16 people are on the agree side of this discussion, while 13 people are on the disagree side. People are starting to choose their side. It looks like most of the people in this community are on the agreeing side of this statement.

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sloanstar1000, Victor_10n, Yuki_Amayane, ibrahim, The_lamp, Inpoliticallycorrect, nickc123 and 9 visitors agree.
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I'm not talking about legal obligation at all. Simply moral obligation.

If I'm reading your statement correctly, you don't believe that anyone other than you is obligated to take action against injustice. So if you and person x were watching a child abduction, and you were unable to get there in time, you couldn't hold person x, who could have gotten there in time, morally responsible. However, if the situation was reversed, person x could hold you morally responsible for a failure to act.

The question you didn't answer, which is probably the most important, is how much injustice must take place in order for you to feel morally compelled to act?

4 years, 3 months ago

I think it just comes down to our own moral convictions. I personally think whenever we have the ability to act and correct injustices we should be obligated to do what we can. Depends what you mean by obligated though, I wouldn't make it necessarily illegal not to do something.

4 years, 3 months ago

The basic topic here is action in the face of injustice and whether or not we are somehow obligated to act against injustice.

Some of the finer points are

Does injustice ever warrant intervention?

Does injustice always warrant intervention?

How much/what kind of injustice must take place in order to morally obligate someone to intervene?

What factors may excuse someone from acting in the face of injustice?

Is this even a problem considering your personal moral system?

4 years, 3 months ago
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