File spoon-archives/bhaskar.archive/bhaskar_2003/bhaskar.0307, message 5

Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2003 00:29:32 +0100
Subject: Re: BHA: moral world

On 1 Jul 2003 19:40:18 <> wrote:

>Listers  - a Lurker form the shadows [any old punks out there?] is confused
>by DPF. Can anyone help me understnad how the world might be always
>and already moralised or a-moralised?

Hi Jeff,

just some quick thoughts:

I think what Bhaskar is trying to say is that, when we are born, we're always
born in a world/society/family that is already moralised (or a-moralised);
all those habits, codes, languages, practices etc. that pre-exist (and cf.
co-create and co-change with [DPF:155]) a newborn human agent.

Imagine e.g. a baby born, right now, somewhere in the suburbs of Baghdad
or in a rural Swedish village. Besides geographics these are quite different
moral contexts too i would say: nobody is born in an ethically neutral (non-
moralised) world.

What must the world be like for birth to be possible ?

How must the world look like for babies yet to be born ?


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