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Influence on moral responsibility is also having the ability in choosing free will, or one’s decisions in a particular situation. A lot of people believe in determinism, the theory that our destiny is already planned the minute we are brought into this world. However, I personally feel that we as people have the option to choose our destiny by the decisions we make in our daily lives. When talking about free will, I think that everyone has the free will in deciding right or wrong. In my opinion what has been instilled into our heads while growing up of what is right or wrong, can have an impact on what decision you make of being right or wrong. These would be pur moral facts. In our textbook, it states that “Ethical subjectivism is our moral opinions are based on our feelings and nothing more” (Rachels & Rachels. 2015). When it comes to ethical subjectivism and our textbook, I would have to say I agree, because to me when discussing anything related to morals or ethics, I would have to say it all depends on one’s feelings and beliefs. Also stated in our textbook concerning this theory is “There is NO such thing as right or wrong” (Rachels & Rachels. 2015). So if there is no such thing as right or wrong then are moral facts just constructs of our own minds and not really truths? And if there is no free will are we really responsible for our actions since our actions are predetermined? These questions have been bugging me for a while. To me if there is no such thing as right or wrong, then moral facts cease to exist how we know them. And if we aren’t technically making our own decisions then we aren’t responsiblefor the outcome though it is our responsibility to bear the repercussions.
Rachels, J. & Rachels, S. (2015). The elements of moral philosophy (8th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.
Having the ability to choose what path you will take can influence moral responsibility and moral responsibility can influence the path that you will take as well. The freedom to make whatever decision is based on your personal moral standards and is not the same for everyone. According to Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy; “…to be morally responsible for something, say an action, is to be worthy of a particular kind of reaction- praise, blame, or something akin to these- for having performed it” (Eshleman, A., 2014, p. 1). The problem with moral responsibility is that we all do not agree on what was the right thing to do. When you make a decision to take an action, the thought process is what would you do to morally do the right thing, then the next person would say that was not the right thing to do. This is often where moral facts come into play when you can prove this was the right thing to do. However, many times there are two ways to do the right thing. So is it a fact or an opinion of what is the right thing morally to do? The hardest things in life do not come easy and we are tested all the time; “The hard work lies not in recognizing that at least some moral claims are true but in carefully thinking through our evidence for which of the many competing moral class is correct” http://plato.stanford.edu/archives/sum2014/entries/moral-responsibility/>.