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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

Cogitamus

An existentialist thought experiment: Should he stay or should he go?

 Last Thursday, the group started to explore existential morality through the following thought experiment set in World War II. A young man ( whose only brother was killed by the Germans and whose father broke off from the family to collaborate with Germany ) must choose between going to England, risking his life, to join the Free French Forces and leaving his mother or staying with his mother and giving her comfort in her joint loss of her other son and disloyal husband. Should he follow a morality based on sympathy and individual devotion to his mother or one based on a morality of a much broader scope and less likely to be fruitful?

 

The existential approach to this question will be discussed this Thursday at lunchtime in J215.