Joined: May 2018
akame responds to makaishima with this quote when he asks her how she divides people based on good/evil. I would like to know the philosophy and context behind her reply .
Thanks in Advance :)
Very late reply, but here is my take.
I think she's drawing attention to the personal nature of ethics. We tend to think of morality as something objective that is set in stone, but philosophers have questioned this since ancient Greece (the sophists, for example). By claiming that you have to come to the decision yourself, she means that you have to ponder the matter and come to your own conclusions, based on your own experience, so I take it to mean she considers morality to be something that's determined subjectively, but not necessarily based on practical circumstances.
It's a bit like those people who say that there's no set purpose to life, but that the meaning is gained through living it. The old "It's not about the destination, but about the journey". In the same way, your morality would have to come from a sound, personal judgement based on your own thoughts and experience for it to have some value, and not be just a mindless action, whcih I would catalogue as social convention, and not true morality.
I largely agree with her, if that's what she meant. I don't put much value on a person's ethical or unethical behaviour if it stems from nothing but thoughtlessness, for example: profoundly religious people who don't question anything.