William Frankena was the middle of three children. In primary school, his given name, Wiebe, was Anglicized to William. Throughout his life, his family and friends called him Bill. His mother died when he was nine years old. After farming, his father, Nicholas A. Frankena — , devoted the later decades of his life to elected office in Zeeland, MI , where he was mayor, and to service as an elder in the Christian Reformed Church in North America , which was founded by Calvinist Dutch immigrants.
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Jul 19, Rob rated it liked it Frankena is quite fair in this introduction to normative ethics and meta-ethics. He encourages his readers to listen to his arguments but also to reason out the subject matter for themselves; he tries to avoid dogmatism. For the most part, he clearly defines his terms and occasionally repeats the points of previous chapters, thus making the book tie together well. This book has challenged me about the connection between metaphysics and ethics in that Frankena seems to argue that ethics is not Frankena is quite fair in this introduction to normative ethics and meta-ethics.
This book has challenged me about the connection between metaphysics and ethics in that Frankena seems to argue that ethics is not rooted in the nature of things although Frankena does discuss the question of whether humans are free or determined, a metaphysical concern.
I, however, tend to lean toward the notion that God as Creator has given humans their nature and determines what is good and evil for us. Specifically, as humans are made in the image of God, it is good for us to be like God e. It seems that many moral laws can be derived by considering human nature and society and what preserves human life.
For example, we ought to feed the hungry because humans as made in the image of God have intrinsic value for they are lesser goods made in the image of the supreme good ; but because we as humans can reason, act freely, and know our own nature, we have extra moral responsibility. Thus, in some cases the death penalty for murder may be appropriate, especially if the murderer has no remorse. On another note, is it humane to institutionalize someone?
Some after extended solitary confinement can no longer stand society and thus turn to crime or suicide to take themselves back out of society. Even so, I have much to learn about the study of normative ethics and meta-ethics. But I still prefer metaphysics.
Ethics (Foundations of Philosophy)