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A Glimpse Into Ethical Doctrines Today
1. 2. 3. 1. 1. Know Your Own Values Be Guided by Your Values Spot the Red Flags Decide What Is Right Take Action to Do the Right Thing
1. Arco 2. Merck Ethical Dilemmas
Situations concerning what is right and wrong when values we hold are in conflict Truth versus Loyalty Individualism versus Community Justice versus Mercy Step Four: Deciding What is Right
V. A GLIMPSE INTO ETHICAL THEORIES Consequentialist Theories: Utilitarianism Nonconsequentialist or Deontological Theories Virtue Ethics: The Role of Character Utilitarianism The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number The END justifies the MEANS SUM of total Benefits NOT DISTRIBUTION of Benefit! Bentham's "Calculus" An ethical math problem Ethical Theories Consequentialist Theories: Utilitarianism Nonconsequentialist or Deontological Theories Virtue Ethics: The Role of Character Immanuel Kant German Philosopher (1724 1804) Morals are "a priori" They exist outside of Observation Based on "Reason" Not Circumstantial "Categorical Imperative" W.D. Ross Rejects "One and Only One" Moral Duty Moral Obligations are: Inherent Relational "Prima Facie" 7 Basic Categories Basic Principles are "self-Evident" Homeless Shelter Case Mission of Siena/Francis House "encourage sobriety" Addiction large part of problem Homeless walk key fundraiser Effect on Other FundRaisers?? Beer distributor offers funding Other Sources of Funding?? Homeless Shelter Case Utilitarian Deontological Conflict? The Disclosure Rule Ethical Theories Consequentialist Theories: Utilitarianism Nonconsequentialist or Deontological Theories Virtue Ethics: The Role of Character Aristotle's Four Basic Virtues Self-Discipline Courage Justice Prudence Virtue is a Golden Mean between two Vices: Excess and Deficiency Virtue Ethics Good Judgment emanates From Good Character Character is developed over time through consistency and repetitive action Whole people vs "Jungle Fighter" DesJardin Advocates Virtue as Superior to "RulesBased" Doctrines The Aristotelian good world is not one that conforms to some pre-established principle. Rather it is a world that is populated by good people" DesJardin A morally responsible business is not one that measures its actions against some external principle, but one in which good people are making the decisions... Moral Relativism Morality is a based on the beliefs of a particular society or culture No universal morality Morals are a function of specific societies/organizations Business as a "Game" ...
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This note was uploaded on 10/07/2008 for the course BCOR 3010 taught by Professor None during the Fall '07 term at Colorado.
- Fall '07