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Topic: Rachels and Mackie philosophy essay


1. Rachels mentions that some differences between cultures seem to be differences in values, but are in fact differences in beliefs (see the cow-eating example). Come up with three examples of differences between cultures that, at first glance, seem to be differences in values, but which in fact are differences of belief. 

2. Rachels suggests that differences in customs are not necessarily due to differences in value. There are other factors involved, such as beliefs, religion, and physical circumstances that affect the customs of a culture. What explanation other than differences in values would account for the polyamorous practices of Eskimos?

3. In p. 36, Mackie says “people approve of monogamy because they participate in a monogamous way of life rather than they participate in a monogamous way of life because they approve of monogamy.” Would you say that Mackie is correct? Why? If not, why not?

4. In p. 43, Mackie says that we tend to think that our desire for a thing depends on the thing’s goodness, when, in fact, the goodness of a thing depends on the fact that we desire it. Would you agree? Why? If not, why not?

Opinions must be given. 2 References could be given but must more opinion must be given wherever needed.

Type of assignment: Writing from scratch

Subject: Philosophy

Pages / words: 5 / 1400

Number of sources: 2

Academic level: Undergraduate

Paper format: APA

Line spacing: Double

Language style: US English

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