In case anyone is concerned, no, I would not fuck up someone's car even if this were not a purely hypothetical question - although I would entertain the fantasy.
But the reasons for it have nothing to with Plato, Kant, J.S. Mill, Aristotle, whoever. Rather - and I apologize for the use of the somewhat inane phrase - "its just not me." I dislike violence, and hate to see useful things being damaged, its a distaste similar in nature to my dislike for wasting food.
What does this suggest concerning relevance of moral philosophy to everyday decision-making?
Also - I am somewhat surprised that no one has pointed out that the action contemplated in this - purely hypothetical I assure you - case would have effects on other people who are not parties to the dispute.
For instance, the target would have to take the car to a mechanic, which could lead to someone else having to wait longer for their car being repaired - and that person might need the car for something really important like picking up the kids from school or daycare or something.
This could also result in the target being crankier than usual, which could make life less pleasant for those who regularly associate with the target. And so forth.
It could also have given the car mechatronic just that money he needed to get his family thru the month.
chaz wyman wrote:
Are NOW saying that this is hypothetical?
I have asked you before and you seem not to have answered.
Is the question of whether a situation is hypothetical or real relevant to a philosophical discussion?