Creative Middle Way
Solutions to Moral Problems
1. Easy Choices
One obligation clearly outweighs the other:
An engineer is considering specifying a product
that is only slightly cheaper, but of much lower
quality and clearly unsafe.
a) Slightly lower price vs.
b) Longer Life and Safety
2. Hard Choices
Conflicting values of roughly equal
weight or at least both of great value
Example of Quaker Engineer:
a) Religious obligation vs.
b) Obligation to family
A supervisor asks a student to fill out a time sheet
indicating he worked on Project B when he in fact
worked on Project A. The supervisor had money for
Project B, but had run out of money for project A.
a) Summer job vs.
b) Professional and personal integrity, risk of legal
Student: “I will just work for nothing on that project”
-Supervisor paid student out of his own pocket
An businessperson in Egypt is asked for a bribe.
a) Getting the business vs.
b) Personal integrity and perhaps legal
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