Thinking as a Hobby

Get Email Updates
Email Me

Admin Password

Remember Me

3478087 Curiosities served
Share on Facebook

Morality Quiz
Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Read/Post Comments (12)

Via Alex Knapp, here's a quiz that supposed to tell you something about your "moral intuitions", from the Philosophers' Magazine.

Here are my results:

Your Moralising Quotient is: 0.00.

Your Interference Factor is: 0.00.

Your Universalising Factor is: -1.

The first two just seem to indicate that I am "fully permissive". What does that mean? According to the quizmakers:

The actions described in these scenarios are private like this and it was specified as clearly as possible that they didn't involve harm. One possibility might be that the people undertaking these acts are in some way harmed by them. But you indicated that you don't think that an act can be morally wrong solely for the reason that it harms the person undertaking it.

For example, there's are questions about a family cooking and eating a family pet that was killed in an accident, and another about a brother and sister having sex (the sister is biologically incapable of becoming pregnant). And in these scenarios, no one else is aware or exposed to the behavior in question.

So yeah, when it comes to private actions in which no one else is ever exposed to or aware of the behavior, I'm morally permissive.

But I wouldn't consider myself morally permissive in general, and I think the scenarios in this quiz are highly contrived. It is rare that an individual's actions are completely private and detached from any other human interaction. It is also rare that there are absolutely no personal ramifications from completely private actions. So I'm not sure this quiz has any real utility.

Still...have a go, though I must warn you that there's a question about a guy screwing a store-bought chicken.

p.s. The Universalising Factor of -1?

A score of -1 means that you saw no moral wrong in any of the activities depicted in these scenarios, and so it is not possible for this activity to determine the extent to which you see moral wrongdoing in universal terms.

No surprising that they couldn't tell. For the record, I do believe in universal moral principles...but you knew that already.

Read/Post Comments (12)

Previous Entry :: Next Entry

Back to Top

Powered by JournalScape © 2001-2010 All rights reserved.
All content rights reserved by the author.