Matheny9final - Bioethics Applied Running head BIOETHICS APPLIED WHAT I HAVE LEARNED Bioethics Applied What I have Learned Travis H Matheny Kaplan

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Bioethics Applied 1 Running head: BIOETHICS APPLIED: WHAT I HAVE LEARNED Bioethics Applied: What I have Learned Travis H Matheny Kaplan University Bioethics HU280-01AU
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2 Bioethics Applied: What I have learned I have learned a great deal more than I ever could have imagined during the last nine weeks, I can remember when I first registered for this class I thought it was going to be an easy A. I can tell you now that this was certainly far from the truth. Bioethics is an extremely deep and complicated field of study which affects everyone whether in their personal or professional life. The first theory of ethics that I learned about was Utilitarianism which to put it simply, which is really an oxymoron as far as I’m concerned, but it essentially is a theory that defines morality in what is going to create the greater good for the greater number of people. This particular theory has been debated since ancient times. According to John Stuart Mill (1806- 1873) which was taught to him by his mentor Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) but what keeps me from truly agreeing with this particular theory and I used to believe that the sacrifice of a few to save many was acceptable. Now I’m not so sure, who gets to decide what is the greater good and whom or what is dispensable as far as being worth or worthless as the case may be to sacrifice. The only way I can remotely agree with this theory if it was left up to the individual to make a self sacrifice to make things better for many. The second theory of ethics learned was Virtue ethics. This particular theory is thought to be based on just what it seems “virtues” such as character traits like courage, moderation or to feel compelled to act according to a duty that one must fulfill. The only thing I see one fulfilling that believes in the theory of virtue ethics is fulfilling one’s own desires basically self-fulfillment helping those that are closely related like family or close friends. This particular theory lacks
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2011 for the course PSYCH 370 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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Matheny9final - Bioethics Applied Running head BIOETHICS APPLIED WHAT I HAVE LEARNED Bioethics Applied What I have Learned Travis H Matheny Kaplan

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