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Ethics-George Sher, But I could be wrong”
Explain why Sher thinks contingency by itself poses a weak challenge to our moral
judgements, but when combined with controversy ends up posing a strong challenge.
Contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation
nor false under every possible valuation. A contingent proposition is neither necessarily true
nor necessarily false. Controversy on the other hand is heated discussion, in which
disagreement is expressed usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of
view. Moral judgements are evaluations or opinions formed as to whether some action or
inaction, intention, motive, character trait, or a person as a whole is good or bad as measured
against some standard of good.
Morality is therefore based on contingent facts on someone’s upbringing. As such most of
our moral judgements are dependent on logic, facts and situation at a time. The article of
George Sher “ but I could be wrong” states that we are all a drift in a sea of contingency
since our morals are not based on absolute truths and contradictions but are dependent on
different upbringing and set of experiences. Contingency poses a weak challenge to moral
judgement because it is tolerant of deviations on what could be right at times or wrong on
depending with an individual.
Controversy is a state of public confliction. There is almost complete disregard of the other
person’s or group’s point of view. The two sides try to impose truths to the other which they
deem to be absolute and give no room. There is usually intolerance and restraint.

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Ethics-George Sher, “But I could be wrong” Explain why Sher thinks contingency by itself poses a weak challenge to our moral judgements, but when combined with controversy ends up posing a strong challenge. Contingency is the status of propositions that are neither true under every possible valuation nor false under every possible valuation. A contingent proposition is neither necessarily true nor necessarily false. Controversy on the other hand is heated discussion, in which disagreement is expressed usually concerning a matter of conflicting opinion or point of view. Moral judgement ...
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