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Last weekend I was busy preparing lectures on ethical dilemmas. Still I could not help watching TV to follow the exciting debates at the CDA (Christian Democratic Appeal) congress in Arnhem. My two different activities caused an interaction. What I saw on television was a nice illustration of what I contemplated on in my preparation of the dilemma lectures.

Geert Wilders succeeds in causing discord not only between parties and persons, but also within parties and persons. It is understandable that CDA members are strongly divided about the question whether or not to vote in favour of a government coalition of CDA and VVD, which makes itself dependent on tolerance support by the PVV (Party For the Freedom).  The PVV labels the Islam a backward belief and stigmatizes a million Dutch Muslims as fool and inferior citizens. Dependence on tolerance support by – and cooperation with – such a discriminating party seems difficult to reconcile with the Christian attitude of respect and love for all human beings irrespective of their belief and background. This causes discord not only between, but also within CDA members, who are torn by doubts. There are at least two CDA members – two members of the Lower House – who experience this intra-personal disunity:  Kathleen Ferrier and Ad Koppejan. They experience and reflect the ethical dilemma in which the CDA party as a whole seems to find itself. 

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong explains an ethical dilemma as follows. It concerns a situation where (1) an agent has an ethical requirement to do each of two acts but cannot do both; and (2) neither ethical requirement overrides the other. The latter would mean that there is no right answer to the question what ought to be done. The possible non-existence of a right answer is an interesting but underestimated problem in ethical theory. Lees de rest van dit artikel »


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