• Readings # 5 from Ruggiero’s, Thinking Critically about Ethical Issues. At minimum the below chapter from this book is to be read. With all readings in this course, you are encouraged to read actively and discerningly/critically at all times.
  • Comparing Cultures – Ch. 5 (Pages 51-64

1. In some cultures, mutilation is considered an appropriate punishment for certain crimes. For example, if a man is caught stealing, his hand is cut off. Since such a punishment is unheard of in our culture, we tend to consider it morally insupportable.

        Do you agree or disagree with this moral assessment?

2. The Eskimo husband’s sense of hospitality requires him to offer his wife to an overnight guest. In our culture this is considered wrong. Is one view more justifiable than the other?

        Explain your reasoning carefully.

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