Week 02--Line-drawing problems

Week 02--Line-drawing problems - Line- Drawing Problems A...

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Line- Drawing Problems A Method for Evaluating a “Test Case” With Respect to a Spectrum of Cases
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Line Drawing Problems Ethical problems which are located on a spectrum, where one side is clearly wrong and the other is clearly okay. Example of a non-ethical line-drawing problem: Is a penguin a bird or a mammal? Features Bird Penguin Mammal
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Method of Casuistry/Line-Drawing Compare the Test Case (a case that you don’t know how to classify) to Paradigm Case(s) (cases you can classify with confidence) Method helps with application issues conceptual issues Moral issues in the narrow sense
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1. State problem as an “or” question. -- Is this trip to Jamaica a bribe or not? -- Is this trip a case of bribery or a morally unproblematic gift? 2. Set up paradigms a. Set up ends of spectrum: - Positive Paradigm : case that is clearly okay - Negative Paradigm: case that is clearly not okay -- look at “or” question b. List good-making features of Positive Paradigm (e.g. “costs $1) * Thinking of examples can help
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c. List corresponding bad-making features of Negative
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This note was uploaded on 09/11/2010 for the course ENGR 482 taught by Professor Russell during the Fall '08 term at Texas A&M.

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