Daimaju wrote:And why do you guess that? Please elaborate...
Sorry, I was not trying to put you down.. I said that mostly because you think it so self evident that there is no room for discussion. I also think that very few ethical positions would back your claim of the absolute righteousness of killing escaping prisoners.
christopher1006 wrote:From the face that you used "right thing to do" as "right" is related to morals which is just perspective and more importantly your opinion.
Not really. I am an ethical realist and as such I believe that some things are actually right or wrong independent of what you may think or believe. As I am also a utilitarian I believe that what is right or wrong depends on the circumstance (but not on belief). Therefore something is never absolutely right or wrong as in 'end of discussion'. Whether shooting an escaping convict would be right would depend - among other things - on the type of crime he has perpetrated, the likeliness of recidivism and the chance of critically wounding him by shooting him.
christopher1006 wrote:And the opinion that you have the right to shoot someone just because you warned them is generally frowned upon...
This is more to the point I think. When arguing right or wrong we should not rely on what people generally frown upon (intuitions are full of shit), but I do believe that most ethical positions would agree, that giving someone a warning does not in itself make it right to harm them.
Daimaju wrote:Since pretty much everything is opinion related, in society, let me put it this way: There are rules, there are consequences. If someone breaks a rule, he has to face the consequences. period.
Or would you disagree here?
There's a reason why those guard tower watches (in RL) have scoped rifles and shotguns.
That people have opinions on everything, does not mean that everything is dependent on peoples opinions. You are right that there are rules and consequences (cause and effect), but that does not mean that any consequence/effect is righteous because of it. People will have to face the consequences of their actions, but that is not to say that those consequences are good or righteous. We could have capital punishment for jaywalking. You would have to face the chair for crossing the wrong street - but it most certainly would not be fair or morally good.
I think there may be some confusion here about the difference between legal and moral 'rights' and the nature of moral truths. However, I did not try to start a philosophical debate, it was merely a poor attempt of humor. I'm sorry if it came across as insulting. You do not need knowledge about moral philosophy to be a smart or good individual. That you (still guessing here) do not study philosophy only means that you've probably spent your time learning other things that I would also like to know. All of us could (and should) school each other in our different areas of expertise, but probably not in this thread though