Consequentialist Theory.docx - Christopher Nash Wednesday August 28th 2019 PHIL 242 Consequentialist Theory due by 8:00pm Sunday On the TV show MASH an

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Christopher Nash Wednesday, August 28th 2019 PHIL 242 Consequentialist Theory due by 8:00pm Sunday On the TV show MASH an army surgeon performed an unnecessary operation on a battalion commander to remove him from battle during the time he would need to recuperate from the surgery. The surgeon did this because he believed that the commander was over-aggressive which resulted in an abnormally high casualty rate among his men. A fellow surgeon counseled the operating surgeon that it is unethical to operate on a healthy body. However, the operating surgeon felt he was justified because he would probably save the lives of many men while the commander was recuperating. He believed more good than harm would come from performing the operation. To what extend do you feel each surgeon was right in his moral position. Does the good end justify the means? Use a specific form of egoism or utilitarianism for
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Unformatted text preview: each surgeon. Define the term(s) you use in the response. Do not quote definitions from the text. Put them in your own words. When talking about the surgeon who performed the operation you could say that he had a form of motive utilitarianism his reasoning for the operation had a motive to better the lives of many soldiers. Putting weight on his choice to remove the commander gave the operating surgeon the belief that his actions were in good measure for the majority. At the same time the opposing surgeon has a moral position that suits ethical egoism. In this understanding the fellow surgeon believes that performing surgery on a healthy body is unethical and is morally not in one's best interest. In this situation I believe that the good end does justify the means when siding with the operating surgeon. What he is doing is for the good or the majority....
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