important for all of society to follow the same morals because we are all equal citizens, none should be treated better than the other or have special privileges. With the same morals and moral process people will be treated the same and will receive the same benefits. Every individual can do what is most important to them or what benefits their group the most. These prima facies can be contorted and used to help raise someone’s standards of living, even if it’s at the expense of others. There is no specific method when deciding which prima facies are most important and depending on the persons views on life they can consider their money more important than the next meal of a homeless person. Ross asks us to act upon more than one prima facie and synthesize the two most important together to find our solution. Though at times that is nearly impossible, sometimes the first prima facie and the second are conflicting resulting in them being unable to be synthesized. This makes the moral deliberation extremely difficult and has the effects of having one of the most important prima facies not be attended. The lack of specification can make it difficult for a biomedical professional because they can be in a situation where they’ve conflicting prima facies but one of the prima facies can benefit the biomedical professional. This would be a personal vs professional conflict and the
Ethics in Medicine and Law – Writing Exercises on Ethical Theories – Ella Greer biomedical professional can choose which ever they prefer. If the professional were to choose the option assisting the patient but then they receive damage, whether it be to their body or to their reputation though it was in the best interest of the patient it may not be in the best interest of the biomedical professional. Doctor has a quarantined patient who needs this antidote immediately because they are going into cardiac arrest but the doctor doesn’t have enough time to put on a hazmat suit. The moral dilemma is to save the patient or to harm one self; these are conflicting moral decisions and cannot be done together. This is an example of lack of specification in which we ask which prima facies are most important, beneficence to the patient or non-malfeasance to myself? As well an example of unable to synthesis because putting on the hazmat suit to save the doctor will take too much time resulting in the patient dying but without the hazmat suit the doctor will be exposed to the disease.
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