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Fanman wrote:Hi Kingkool,
That's a very good quesrion. I think that it would depend on whether one knew what type of person Adolf Hitler was and would turn out to be, however I think that you covered this variable when you stated: "just before he rose to power." Being a theist, I could never advocate for poisoning anyone; even Hitler, because I perceive it as an immoral and dishonest action. But I am sure that some people would consider it an immoral act not to have poisoned Hitler, considering what he went onto do. Or at least a moral act to have poisoned him in order to stop him.
My 'knowledge' in this case I think, further highlights that the question of "What makes an action immoral" is priori.
Fanman wrote:Hi Xenos,
You make a good point, but I would argue that the premise of attempting to poison someone no matter the circumstances is dishonest morally - in that it is not a honest or moral act. In my opinion, one would have to be dishonest in order to attempt to poison another person.
Kingkool wrote:I think it boils down to Hitlers' intentions. *I want to make it perfectly clear that I do think he was an evil, genocidal lunatic.* If he sincerely believed those he persecuted were evil, does that make him in the right? And assuming that the previous premise is true, does his actions make him evil? Does it make you evil to kill someone who says they are going to kill a number of people, even though they haven't actually done it yet?
Shubh wrote:If any action is undesired or inappropriate according to local community then it is immoral. If you see a poor boy and show him your ugly doll famous toy but don't give it to him for playing, it is immoral.
Thinking critical wrote:An action only becomes immoral when observed by a moral agent, until then it is just an act. The agents subjective judgement will then decide for themselves if what they veiw is immoral or not.
Kingkool wrote:Thinking critical wrote:An action only becomes immoral when observed by a moral agent, until then it is just an act. The agents subjective judgement will then decide for themselves if what they veiw is immoral or not.
The point is that we are trying to set rule for those agents, if not already us.
philoreaderguy wrote:What makes an action immoral? How do we know if a certain choice, action, or behavior is immoral?
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