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Critically assess the claim that people are free to make moral decisions.

Topic:   Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in-human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics – in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of Family society and educational institutions in inculcating values.

7. Critically assess the claim that people are free to make moral decisions.(250 words)

Reference:  Ethics by Lexicon Publications

Why this question:

The question is based on the ability of people to freely make moral decisions.

Key demand of the question:

One must assess the claim that people are free to make moral decisions and provide opinion with suitable justifications.

Directive:

Critically assess – When asked to assess, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the context of the question.

Body:

Often, it seems that we make moral decisions almost automatically, and there are occasions when we need to make moral decisions more carefully. It may be because the choices before us involve conflicting values, uncertainty or doubt, peer pressure, or possible negative consequences. Discuss opinions of various scholars, ethical and moral thinkers in this regard. Present examples and suggest your viewpoints.

Conclusion:
Conclude with a fair and balanced opinion.