Morality Is Not The End All Be All

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Morality is not the End All be All Morality is a set of principles that individuals use to distinguish between right and wrong, good and bad actions. Being the code by which we live our lives, morality is a concept that leaks into almost every aspect of human life. For example, even a mundane activity like eating a sandwich for lunch can have moral implications. Consider this question, was the turkey that ended up on the sandwich raised in horrific factory farm conditions and subjected to torturous treatment? That is a question with heavy moral implications. Distinguishing right action from wrong is a crucial skill for humans to have, but is morality the only thing that truly matters about a person. Susan Wolf, an esteemed philosopher, thinks it is not. Wolf argues that morality is just one of many aspects and values of a person. In other words, people are more than just moral beings and we should be happy that this is the case. This paper will provide a brief look at Susan Wolf’s argument as well as my argument for why her contention is the correct one. First a brief summary of one of Wolf’s most notable pieces, “Moral Saints”. In “Moral Saints”, Wolf argues from example. She opens her piece by asserting that she does not know if there are moral saints in the world, but she is happy that she has not encountered any in her life. Wolf then goes on describing two different kinds of moral saints that she believes can be conceptualized using common sense, the loving saint and…
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