Week4-Midterm - Midterm In the case of Steve Lewis we see...

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Midterm. In the case of Steve Lewis we see that he has a dilemma whether to go to a meeting or not. In this case, the action is to attend the meeting even though he knows that he was invited only because he is an African American. From the text, we see that he has conflicting feelings about this issue. He does not want to be seen as a token and he has strong feelings about the context of this meeting. As African American, his race is a vital part of his moral identity. The reason for the action in this case is to go to the meeting that he wants to strengthen his career prospects, show others in the company that he can deliver on the job and not to be treated as a “token black”. Generalization test. In this case, we can see that Steve actually decides to go to the meeting but also gets to do the speaking. According to the generalization test, if everybody else with the same reasons as Steve would do the same then his action would pass the test. We can certainly say that for the same reasons everybody else would act the same way. In fact, if everybody else also choses to go to the meeting it would not undermine the purpose act and the practice. If everybody also goes to the meeting they would still strengthen their career prospects and show other that they can be more than a token. Utilitarian test There may be other actions that Steve can do, but going to the meeting and also speaking there seems to have the highest total net utility. There seem to be only upsides in this action.
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In fact, one can argue that if he did not take this invitation then someone else would have done so anyways. Therefore, his action to go to the meeting passes the utilitarian test. If he
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