Re: A moral zero-point?

Michael S. Lorrey (
Tue, 19 Jan 1999 09:39:50 -0500

Dan Fabulich wrote:

> Darin Sunley wrote:
> >Can ethics even exist without multiple agents?
> >If not then we've found a natural zero point in "ethics-space":
> >The empty set describing the possible ethical interactions of
> >non-interacting agents.
> >
> >Non-interaction is certainly A zero point. Of one axis at least.
> Some deontologists would argue that it is unethical to have bad will
> towards someone, even if you never come in contact with them in your entire
> life and affect them in no way at all. Obviously, in this case you could
> have two people who would never interact, but who would nonetheless each
> have ethical obligations regarding the other.

If you are aware of another person, there is interaction. Maybe not personal one on one interaction, but it is still interaction. Much like a certain CEO of a monopoly coporation most of us are shareholders in. Most of us have never met him, but his unethical 'personal' actions in the office have impacted us all....

Mike Lorrey