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Moral Deliberations in Modern Cinema

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Author: Sam Vaknin
Published: 2002
Language: English
Wordcount: 13,861 / 49 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 62.2
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,658 7121
License: ©

(C) 2002 by Lidija Rangelovska

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a book or go to the game. His decision is clear and pre-determined by his predilection and by the inevitable and invariable implementation of the principle of pleasure. There is no choice here. It is all rather automatic. But compare this to the choice some victims had to make between two of their children in the face of Nazi brutality. Which child to sentence to death - which one to sentence to life? Now, this is a real choice. It involves conflicting emotions of equal strength. One must not confuse decisions, opportunities and choice.

Decisions are the mere selection of courses of action. This selection can be the result of a choice or the result of a tendency (conscious, unconscious, or biological-genetic). Opportunities are current states of the world, which allow for a decision to be made and to affect the future state of the world. Choices are our conscious experience of moral or other dilemmas.

Christoff finds it strange that Truman - having discovered the truth - insists upon his right to make c

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