Casablanca

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In life you learn the difference between right and wrong, all humans know this difference but sometimes choose to do wrong. “Human beings have desires and appetites. They are also rational, capable of knowing what is right, and capable of willing to do it” (Sommers & Sommers 2013 p. 242). I do believe that individuals choose their right and wrong mostly based on their desires. Casablanca is a love war movie released in 1942 set in Africa. One of the main characters Rick Blaine is the owner of a nightclub where everyone hangs out and everything happens. In the movie he states he is the type of guy who sticks his head out for nobody, he seemed like a very serious, no game playing type of guy. His nightclub is where the Nazis hang out and conduct business with their enemies to help them get their visas and get into America. In this movie the characters deal with good and evil scenarios in which we can compare to the theories from philosophers Immanuel Kent and John Stuart Mill. Immanuel Kent’s theory was based on categorical imperative and concept of duty, and John Stuart Mill was based on utilitarianism and the concept of the “greatest good for the greatest number”. Categorical imperative is a moral obligation or command that’s unconditionally and universally binding. Moral obligation in other words deontology is the study of right and wrong. Ethics is about deciding whether an action is good or bad and what to do about it if it is "bad." The problem in discussing ethics is that it turns everyone into judge and jury, each deciding what is good or bad behavior, inevitably attempting to impose that judgment on others. The community to which we belong, then, decides the ultimate ethics” (de Jager ,P. 2002). Utilitarianism is the belief that a morally good action is one that can help the greatest number of people. In this essay I will discuss scenarios…...

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