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Name: Course: RGS6036.E1 EXERCISE 7 THE ISLAND OF KORA acts as the case designed to bring all the points discussed in this class together. Therefore, this case calls for an application of all the points that have been previously discussed. After reading the case, design a plan for solving the islander’s problems. Your plan should include the theoretical basis your plan uses, the decision making procedure you would use, as well as the specific action you would take to resolve the problem. Also, do not forget that in the islander’s eyes you are the Supreme Being. (About 5 typed pages) The theoretical basis that could be used first in The Island of Kora case is the Utilitarian Theory. As explained by Frankena, utilitarianism (also called ethical universalism) “takes the position that the ultimate end is the greatest general good—that an act or rule of action is right if and only if it is, or probably is, conducive to at least as great a balance of good over evil in the universe as a whole as any alternative would be, wrong if it is not, and obligatory if it is or probably is conducive to the greatest possible balance of good over evil in the universe(Frankena, 1973, 15-16).” Mainly, individuals consider an act right if it is useful in bringing about the best consequences. In The Island of Kora case, the actions used to resolve the
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issue would be right if they could bring the best consequences. The actions would be judged right or wrong depending of the consequences. The optimizing/scientific method could be used to determine the best plan for solving the islanders’ problem. This method follows five steps that include: (1) identify the problem, (2) define all possible alternatives that might solve or control the problem, (3) evaluate each alternative as to its effectiveness to solving or controlling the problem, (4) select the best alternative and (5) implement the alternative selected.
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