Frankfurt counterexamples

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  • Free Will Theory

    still might assign moral responsibility to a moral agent who may have committed the wrong action because of, and not in spite of, the coercive force. By the same token, if we imagine this experiment to depict a genuine case of coercion, then we are tacitly admitting that cases of genuine coercion do not exclude one from moral responsibility. Either way, we are in some sense obliged to admit that the issue of moral responsibility cannot be completely contingent upon a moral agent’s ability to do otherwise. As philosopher Harry Frankfurt phrased it, in this case “we would be justified in regarding his moral responsibility for what he did as unaffected by the threat even though, since he would in any case have submitted to the threat, he could not have avoided doing what he did….For the threat did not in fact influence his performance of the action. He did what he did just as if the threat had not been made at all,” (Frankfurt, 883). Here, Frankfurt bolsters the idea that the ability to do otherwise is not necessary for imputing someone with moral responsibility. In short the premise that moral responsibility necessarily entails an ability to do otherwise unravels upon a careful consideration of some counter examples. Once one mulls over these cases such as the moral agent with a murderous intent, it becomes clear that we can still assign moral responsibility to moral agents incapable of doing otherwise. Our ability to assign assign said moral blame undermines the second…

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  • The Culture Industry Argument: Critique Of Mass Media

    The culture industry argument, established by Theodor Adorno and Max Horkheimer, is a critique of mass media, which refers to the industrialization of culture, where the masses are not the only source of mass culture; capitalism serves the masses, and treats them like commodities for their own benefit (McAnany & Wilkinson, 1996). Adorno and Horkheimer chose to call it culture industry, rather than mass media, because they believed that in mass media, masses had some influence upon the creation…

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  • Don T Let Me Down Analysis

    electronic dance music song has affectively been advertised to the masses as a clear embodiment of “popular music” through its peak in summer popularity that occurred in July for a solid three weeks. However, when examining beyond the cultural popularity of song, the repetitive lyrics in which the singer Daya repeat’s “don’t let me…” thirty eight times with the supporting sound an the vague relation to any particular meaning in the songs melody, creates a hollowed form of what exemplifies the…

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  • Ben Highmore's Ordinary Lives

    Highmore, Ben. “Familiar things.” Ordinary Lives. London and New York: Routledge, 2010: 58-85. In Ben Highmore’s Ordinary Lives, his chapter “Familiar things” is an insight into the argument of the meaningfulness of objects in our everyday lives. Highmore’s claim begins by creating a relatable situation in saying that there are tons of things in our homes or daily lives that we interact with but pay no attention to. Highmore goes on to say “Things act on us and we act on things. There seems to…

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  • Blood Glucose Level Chart

    What is the necessity of blood glucose level chart? Description: Blood glucose level chart is of greater important especially to those patients who are diabetic in nature. The chart should be prepared in a proper manner so that you can get the highest benefits. Do you wish to make effective diabetes management? Well, in this case you just need to follow a proper blood glucose level chart. This chart cannot be prepared by self-efforts rather you have to take the help of any expert doctor who is…

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  • Barton Fink Analysis

    Barton Fink (Ethan Coen 1991) demonstrates the separation of artists and artistic integrity when working in the Hollywood system, and implies the industry’s rigor towards giving entertainment and receiving capital. This disjunction becomes personified through the minds of Barton, a struggling writer, and Charlie Meadows, a mundane insurance salesman. Barton’s artistic integrity involves advocating for the common folk. Seeming as Charlie serves as a synecdoche for everyday people; he poses as a…

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  • Analysis Of Donald Trump's Essay On Bullshit

    While the purpose of lying is to distract from the truth, bullshitting, as Harry Frankfurt describes in his essay On Bullshit, stands in its own class. Bullshit is a technique politicians and others use to sway the masses that disregards reality entirely. It occurs whenever someone makes a statement without considering “how things really are,” in Frankfurt’s terms. Throughout his political career, President Donald Trump has often ignored objective facts in favor of promoting bullshit, which his…

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  • Shared Kitchen Incubators Analysis

    The “U.S. Kitchen Incubators an Industry Snapshot” article gave the reader an idea of the purpose and differences of shared kitchens/incubators. The purpose of a shared kitchen/incubator is to give an entrepreneur who needs a commercial kitchen the opportunity to have access to one. The food industry is very regulated and many places require for wholesale food products to be prepped in a licensed commercial kitchen. Presently there are 135 shared kitchen facilities in the United States and due…

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  • Judicial Rhetoric Analysis

    other words, what “we” as humans hold to be true. As humans we like to assimilate and stick together, so in relation to this logic. If we call a mouse a mouse, it is in fact a mouse, because we all know it to be a mouse. Therefore, using Nietzsche’s argument when we a species call something “Truth” it is because we gave it Truth. So, to sum up, truth is something that is relative and capital Truth is something that we know to be True. With this logic in place, a lie can easily be seen as…

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  • The Cultural Industry: The Standardization Of Culture

    The cultural industry is described by Adorno and Horkheimer (1977) as the standardisation of culture and cultural goods, attained through the manipulation of consumers, pseudo-individualism and commercial marketing in order to accomplish an economic and social status. Within Adorno and Horkheimer’s theory, there are three major concepts that have increased the development of the cultural industry and the behaviour of consumers, this involves discussing the transformation of use value to…

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