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Analysis Of Trying Out One's New Sword By Mary Midgley

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Based off of this reading piece “Trying Out One's New Sword by Mary Midgley” there was many possible arguments. The argument I picked was outsiders can judge. Midgley argues that not only is moral isolationism but that outsiders can judge foreign cultures, if on a provisional basis. Midgley argues that moral isolationism leads to a general ban on moral reasoning a disagreeable conclusion. She says that “judging one’s own culture requires the ability to judge other cultures". If we cannot judge other cultures, then we cannot judge our own. This would lead to an inability to judge anything of moral significance whatsoever, which is extremely absurd. Moral judgement is a necessary part of existence, and therefore moral isolationism cannot be correct.
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