Final Exam - Question 5

Final Exam - Question 5 - chosen? A rule Utilitarian would...

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Rule utilitarianism is a form of utilitarianism which states that moral actions are those which conform to the rules which lead to the greatest good, or that "the rightness or wrongness of a particular action is a function of the correctness of the rule of which it is an instance."
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Choose one of the following acts. How would a Rule Utilitarian analyze the act that you have chosen? How would a Kantian using either CI#1 or CI#2 (but not both) analyze the act that you have chosen? What are the significant differences and similarities between these two analyses? Peter tells his co-worker, Wendy, that he intends to call in sick tomorrow so that he can go to the beach. “Be a pal, not a tattle-tale, Wendy,” Peter requests. Wendy agrees but tells the boss anyway. “I owe Peter nothing, but company policy requires me to report shirkers,” she says. [Analyze Wendy’s acts not Peters] How would a Rule Utilitarian analyze the act that you have
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Unformatted text preview: chosen? A rule Utilitarian would say that Wendy did the correct thing in this situation. This is because in Rule Utilitarianism the moral actions conform to the rule which leads to the greatest good. The rule in this act is that Wendy was required to report Peter for shirking because it was company policy. And the greater good is that she didnt break the company rules therefore couldnt get into trouble from the company. How would a Kantian using either CI#1 or CI#2 (but not both) analyze the act that you have chosen? A Kantian would use the CI#1 that states " Act only according to that maxim whereby you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law. The company policy is the maxim and Wendy telling her boss was the right thing to do. What are the significant differences and similarities between these two analyses? Similarities Both of them are good for using rules Both of them Wendy did the right thing...
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