Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Is bopping ever justified?

A rabbit finds itself hopping through the forest. In order to amuse himself, he begins scooping up the field mice that he finds along the way, and bops them on the head. Is this a right action? Is it justified?

But consider the following alterations to the example: The rabbit is hopping through the forest. In order to amuse himself, he picks up the occasional field mouse. The mouse, being a rather vicious animal, bites the rabbit on the paw. So, in retaliation (and perhaps for his own safety), the rabbit bops the field mouse on the head. Is this now a right action? Is the action justified?

Let us consider yet another possibility: Unbeknownst to anyone (including rabbits and non-rabbits), the field mice have been gathering to plot a massive attack against the rabbits. While field mice are considerably smaller than rabbits, one at a time, they are helpless against the enormous rabbit. However, they, at some point, realized that if they were to all join together, their masses could beat the rabbits rather easily. An agent, call him Bunny Foo-Foo, does not know of the master plan of the field mice. As he hops through the forest, as he usually does, he begins picking up the field mice and bopping them on the head. The number of field mice that he bops before his actions are stopped by the sovereign (call her the Blue Fairy if you will), is sufficient to hold of the attack of the mice (at least until they produce more mice). As Bunny Foo-Foo has now single-handedly saved the rabbits from complete and total destruction, it seems he has now done a good thing. Is the action now right? Even if Bunny Foo-Foo was not privilege to this knowledge? Why or why not?

Discuss.

46 Comments:

At 10:17 PM, September 25, 2007, Blogger Kristopher said...

It seems to me important to pre-establish what kind of metaethical considerations we are going to operate under. Should we assume some sort of cognitivism (which seems a tacit assumption of the author of this question) it remains an open question nonetheless what is meant by "right." I for one subscribe to self-referential-subjective-descriptivism; a view that I find most congenial insofaras it is literally impossible to disagree with me. That supposition in place, I will now argue my position.
In the first variation of the story, I consider it obvious that the action taken by the rabbit against the field mice is right. Mice just deserve to be beaten at all times. Kant talks about this in his Critique of Pure Beating.
It follows from this that in any other variation in which one might try to influence the outcome by providing agent-relative epistemic constraints, the outcome will remain.
Science has shown this to be incontravertable.

 
At 5:52 AM, December 18, 2009, Blogger lashondseim said...

這麼優的部落格一定要持續下去!..................................................

 
At 8:54 AM, January 19, 2010, Blogger 眼淚 said...

人必須心懷希望,才會活的快樂,日子才過得充實,有意義,有朝氣,有信心。........................................

 
At 9:20 AM, February 09, 2010, Blogger 20123 said...

來幫你衝一下人氣,幫你推推推..............................

 
At 3:53 AM, March 05, 2010, Blogger 你怎麼說 said...

如果相遇.你會感到相知.那麼.有一種習慣叫做陪伴;如果陪伴.你會感到珍惜.那麼.有一種甜蜜叫做存在!........................................

 
At 8:27 AM, March 13, 2010, Blogger marry said...

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!
_____________________________

Western Civilization Dissertation

 
At 7:10 AM, April 01, 2010, Blogger 雅雯雅雯 said...

我們不是因為快樂而歌唱,而是唱歌使我們快樂..................................................

 
At 12:58 PM, April 19, 2010, Blogger 伯函 said...

0401影音成人影片交流愛撫淫叫色情照片性愛圖片女生如何自慰激突成人論壇美女脫胸罩走光一夜正妹視訊情人性愛論壇85cc影城性伴侶85cc色情影片打手槍情色視訊聊天室色情a片色情色情圖片限制級照片色情電話520sex免費色情網情色性愛一夜情聊天網成人聊天網視訊成人台灣性網av一夜女情色av淫女免費視訊美女挑逗情色影音聊天作愛影片辣妹清涼秀美女做愛成人自拍貼圖成人資訊色論壇台灣色情成人網站色情視訊聊天露三點打砲情色性愛貼圖av成人網成人影片

 
At 12:05 AM, April 27, 2010, Blogger RexTemples20144 said...

how do u do?xvideo打飛機專用網洪爺免費洪爺色情片洪爺貼圖區洪爺成人線上洪爺影城洪爺色論壇洪爺貼圖洪爺成年人網洪爺免費色情洪爺色情貼援交妹辣妹野球拳情色文學情趣聊天室性感辣妹裸體遊戲做愛偷拍一夜情視訊洪爺色情貼洪爺免費色情洪爺成年人網洪爺貼圖洪爺色論壇洪爺影城洪爺成人線上洪爺貼圖區洪爺色情片洪爺免費洪爺色情貼洪爺免費色情洪爺成年人網洪爺貼圖洪爺色論壇洪爺影城洪爺成人線上洪爺貼圖區洪爺色情片洪爺免費洪爺免費洪爺色情片洪爺貼圖區洪爺影城洪爺色論壇洪爺貼圖洪爺成年人網洪爺免費色情洪爺色情貼洪爺成人線上

 
At 8:07 AM, May 02, 2010, Blogger 志源 said...

Well done!........................................

 
At 5:52 AM, May 07, 2010, Blogger t0811raceykee09 said...

任何你憂慮的事,你都應該去採取一點行動,不要只是在那邊想 ..................................................

 
At 8:50 PM, May 13, 2010, Blogger 淑娟 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

 
At 8:54 AM, May 24, 2010, Blogger 韋于倫成 said...

灰心是動搖的開端,動搖是失敗的近鄰。..................................................

 
At 2:00 PM, May 31, 2010, Blogger 偉誠 said...

免費線上看成人影片 辣妹視訊網 色訊聊天室 免費看色情 豆豆聊天室交友論壇 歐美女優介紹 性感護士圖 論壇線上影片 自拍走光偷拍 激情視訊聊天室 女同志愛愛貼片 情趣貼片 18限漫 少女的性愛故事 小魔女免費成人影城 a片無碼線上 情色熟女貼圖 線上色情片觀賞 一夜情 免費a片383 完美影音女人 玩美女短片試看 波波線上遊戲網美女 辣妹性感裸體貼圖 人妻的秘密線上看 人妻熟女貼圖 免費一對多 免費視訊 a圖 寫真集辣妹 85cc影片下載 微風成人短片收集站 live173 sex 成人貼圖 援交辣妹 台灣情人視訊 a片 av女片 洪爺影城 大奶美女圖 18-sexus 免費下載av 成人巨乳 桌布性感 後宮電影線上a片免費看 限制級成人 網愛影音live0204 性愛圖貼 模特兒走光貼圖

 
At 2:01 PM, May 31, 2010, Blogger 517SeritaG_Jamar0 said...

成人卡通 視訊34c 母子亂倫聊天室 免費無碼片 台灣交友網 日本女優無碼 無名小站性感美女影片 影片試看 偷拍,影片 基隆聊天室 女性愛愛 性愛自拍 18成人網站 少女色情 洪爺成人影城 彩虹a片 情色卡通線上看 麗的色情小遊 一夜情a片 aio愛情館影片免費383 完美女人 玩美影城 性感美女 辣妹鋼管脫衣秀 人妻短片下載 熟女貼圖 a片下載 視訊聊天室 a圖看到爽 限制級寫真集 85cc免費看成人片 微風成人a片本土 嘟嘟 色情777 熊貓貼圖 援交自拍影片 情人趣味用品 免費脫衣 免費av片觀賞 洪爺影城 大奶阿尼 mofosex. 下載a圖 日本av巨乳 性愛光碟 後宮電影院18jack 限制級 live0204 免費看性愛影片 正妹走光露點

 
At 6:34 AM, June 05, 2010, Blogger 清民 said...

你要保守你的心,勝過保守一切,因為一生的果效是由心發出..................................................

 
At 2:56 AM, June 09, 2010, Blogger 玉鳳玉鳳 said...

死亡是悲哀的,但活得不快樂更悲哀。...........................................................................

 
At 3:21 AM, June 12, 2010, Blogger renew said...

聰明的人喜歡猜心 雖然每次都猜對了卻失去了自己的心..................................................

 
At 8:48 PM, June 15, 2010, Blogger 暴枝盈 said...

不簡單..一路走來辛苦了- ....................................................

 
At 9:04 AM, June 19, 2010, Blogger SadeRa盈君iford0412 said...

Where did you purchase this product?.............................................................

 
At 2:10 AM, June 28, 2010, Blogger 茹順茹順 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。.................................................................                           

 
At 6:20 PM, July 01, 2010, Blogger 致念致念 said...

Poverty is stranger to industry.................................................................

 
At 3:50 AM, July 05, 2010, Blogger 于庭 said...

卡爾.桑得柏:「除非先有夢,否則一切皆不成。」共勉!............................................................

 
At 9:09 PM, July 08, 2010, Blogger 雅莊王edgd春2蕙婷余惠其 said...

君子立恆志,小人恆立志。.................................................................

 
At 11:49 PM, July 10, 2010, Blogger 石薇 said...

下次再來希望可以看到新的作品喔。..................................................

 
At 1:57 AM, July 13, 2010, Blogger 吳婷婷 said...

優質的好部落格,當然要留言支持鼓勵鼓勵!............................................................

 
At 9:04 AM, July 15, 2010, Blogger 吳婷婷 said...

人生中最好的禮物就是屬於自己的一部份............................................................

 
At 11:08 PM, July 17, 2010, Blogger 陳彥祥陳彥祥 said...

blog有留言互動才好玩~~希望留言能支持您的更新動力!!!............................................................

 
At 9:23 AM, July 20, 2010, Blogger 黃威宇 said...

第一忠誠,第二勤奮,第三專心工作。..................................................

 
At 1:45 AM, July 23, 2010, Blogger 士凱士凱 said...

所有的資產,在不被諒解時,都成了負債............................................................

 
At 10:51 PM, July 25, 2010, Blogger 陳璇竹陳璇竹 said...

開懷幸福的生活,是每個人的夢想~~希望大家都能夠實現!..................................................................

 
At 1:28 AM, July 26, 2010, Blogger Dissertation Writing service said...

This kind of information is very limited on internet. Nice to find the post related to my searching criteria. Your updated and informative post will be appreciated by blog loving people.

Dissertation Layout

 
At 9:14 PM, July 28, 2010, Blogger 王彥李威昌霖 said...

你的部落格不錯哦,我來享受一下~~............................................................

 
At 10:18 PM, July 31, 2010, Blogger 治冠霖士 said...

Learning makes a good man better and ill man worse.............................................................

 
At 10:28 PM, July 31, 2010, Blogger 515152 said...

Learning makes life sweet.

 
At 1:50 AM, August 04, 2010, Blogger 又瑞許又瑞許又瑞許 said...

Poverty tries friends...................................................................

 
At 4:42 PM, August 06, 2010, Blogger 雅佳謙筑 said...

成熟,就是有能力適應生活中的模糊。............................................................

 
At 6:52 AM, August 09, 2010, Blogger 凱v胡倫 said...

良言一句三冬暖,惡語傷人六月寒。............................................................

 
At 9:19 PM, August 11, 2010, Blogger 怡涂涂涂均 said...

喜歡你的部落格,留言請您繼續加油............................................................

 
At 3:54 AM, August 14, 2010, Blogger 怡屏 said...

愛情是盲目的,但婚姻恢復了它的視力。......................................................................

 
At 4:12 AM, August 16, 2010, Blogger 翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

您的blog蠻不錯的耶,祝你快樂哦!期待您的更新!............................................................

 
At 11:53 AM, August 18, 2010, Blogger tongtong said...

我在戀愛著?--------是的,因為我在等待著.....................................................................

 
At 11:50 PM, August 20, 2010, Blogger 翊翊翊翊張瑜翊翊翊 said...

婚姻對男人來說是賭他的自由,對女人而言卻是賭她的幸福。............................................................

 
At 6:26 AM, August 23, 2010, Blogger 王辛江淑萍康 said...

河水永遠是相同的,可是每一剎那又都是新的。........................................

 
At 2:53 AM, October 21, 2010, Blogger monu said...

nice your blog and very nice dear your blog psoting we like its you can see our also website for online shopping laptop battery online in japan.

ートパソコンのバッテリー 対応AC ラップトップアダプター ハードディスク ノートパソコンのバッテリー : - ノートパソコンのバッテリー 対応AC ラップトップアダプター ハードディスク キーボード HDD Dreambox タブレットは、 PCウルトラモバイルPCのPDA, GPS メモリ デスクトップ ノートパソコン画面 ウルトラモバイルPC、ネットブック MIDのバッテリー ビデオカメラバッテリー PDAのバッテリー 交換のデジタルカメラのバッテリー ノートパソコンのバッテリー.

 
At 10:52 PM, March 27, 2016, Blogger gfjj said...

http://www.angaricopy.com/ ブランドコピー
http://www.angaricopy.com/product.asp?BigClassName=52 ルイ・ヴィトンコピー
http://www.angaricopy.com/Product.asp?BigClassName=64&SmallClassName=45 ロレックスコピー
http://www.angaricopy.com/product.asp?BigClassName=93 ウブロコピー
http://www.angaricopy.com/product.asp?BigClassName=58 エルメスコピー

 

Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home