Why does Midgley suggest that moral isolationism would prevent us from forming judgments about our own culture?
Moral isolationism is the view that we cannot make moral judgments about any culture other than our own. Midgley believes that moral isolationism is a respectful attitude to take toward other cultures. Midgley argues that if we cannot judge other cultures, then we cannot properly judge our own.
Can we praise another culture what does Midgley say about this question?
Midgley argues that it is impossible to praise or blame others, if we could not in principle: According to Midgley, if we can’t judge other cultures we cannot judge our own because: a. other societies provide the range of comparison.
What is Midgley’s example of trying out one’s new sword intended to show?
What is Midgley’s example of “trying out one’s new sword” intended to show? Midgley’s example of “trying out one’s new sword” is intended to show how difficult it is for us to understand a custom of a different culture using our own culture’s moral framework.
What is moral isolationism According to Midgley?
Moral Isolationism is the view that we can never understand any culture except our own, so we cannot make moral judgments about other cultures. According to Midgley, if moral isolationism is true, we can’t judge any culture without understanding that culture.
What does Midgley think is the basis for criticizing other cultures?
What does Midgley think is the basis for criticizing other cultures? Midgley suggests that we can criticize other cultures beacuse we are already able to define moral judgments. If we can criticize our own society and culture then we can use the same standards or the same manner in criticizeing other customs.
What is Midgley trying to illustrate with the example of the samurai?
First she gives the example of a Samurai trying out his new sword by cutting someone else in half. The moral isolationist would say that we can’t judge the Samurai because we are not living in medieval Japan. (Midgley, 25) Then Midgley says that if moral isolationism is right, other cultures can’t blame us either.