PHIL 215/ ARBUS 202: Professional and Business EthicsAssignment 1
Write a brief essay on the topic given below. The essay should be 3 double-spaced pages in
length (1000 words by computer word count). The assignment is due on Tuesd
1. Midterms Returned Next Week
2. Chill out!
3. Finish Pinto + Product Safety
4. Intellectual Property
Ford Pinto Continued:
The Classic Case of Business Ethics
1. Failure as Business Calculation (See cost comparison from last l
Study of the theoretical foundations of moral principles governing individual behaviour
and the practical applications of these principles
Reasoning is not concrete but there are facts about ethics
Due: March 27 at midnight
Value: 15% of final grade
no longer than 1200 words
use a regular 12 point font with double-spacing
Please reference external sources using any
standard referencing style
be sure to edit your work and run
The primary reason for the issue was that Mistral produced a fan that was likely to fail
and result in a fire. Several incidents occurred injuring many and killing two children. The fan
went on to claim numerous awards and Mistral expan
Codes of ethics are a part of almost every major corporation and business, yet most employees
and workers simply acknowledge a code of ethics exists and follow the code. Some people do not even
realise codes of ethics exist, only following codes of conduc
-freedom allows us to do what we want to do
- Is this really justice? big boy=big t, little boy=little tunic
- notion of right is very recent developed
- right of ownership: normative, us
CH6: Personal Responsibility
John Kenneth Galbraith: " the modern conservative is engaged in one of man's oldest exercises in
moral philosophy - the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
Ayn Rand: liberals believe in altruism and, as
CH 11 - Sharing the Wealth
richest 10% of household own somewhere between 50% and 70% of wealth, while bottom
half own close to nothing
if we want to maintain standard of living, can't consume all we produce-> we need
o give individual incent
CH 7 - The just price fallacy - temptation to fiddle with prices, and why it should be resisted
gas price went up b/c of supply and demand, not enough gas->if oil companies are not
allowed to raise gas prices when gas is running out, then there's no poin
CH 5 - Business Ethics
Ethical Business, Environmental Responsibility, and sustainability
one of the major ethical challenges for businesses stems from a disturbing pattern unlikely to
change in the near future: growth of world's population simultaneous
Economists believe all human actions motivated by self-interest
What they do believe is that all human action is unprincipled, action is governed by
people respond to incentives, the rest is commentary
start-off with ince
CH 4: Taxes are too high
"death and taxes" - 2 great inevitabilities in life
government gets treated as a consumer of wealth, while private sector is regarded as a
errors in economic reasoning: tendency to treat ecoomic institutions as though
How to Write a Philosophical Essay
Formulate a clear statement of the problem to be addressed in your paper to help:
- The readers to understand the philosophical importance of what you are going to discuss
- To establish clearly what it is you intend to
ARBUS 202 / PHIL 215, Professional and Business Ethics
Write an essay on the topic given below. The essay should be approximately 5-6 double-spaced
pages in length (1600-1900 words by computer word count). The assignment
Are Profits Deserved?
ABSTRACT. N. Scott Arnold has argued forcefully that, for
the most part, those who win profits (and suffer losses) in a
market economy deserve them. According to Arnold, profit
opportunities arise when there are malaltocations of res
Statement of Values
Within our group, we believe that our commitment to group member participation and openness will
allow a strengthening of teamwork and collaboration; thus enhancing the overall value of our group as a
Code of Ethics
1. The group
ARBUS 202 / PHIL 215 Online: Professional and Business Ethics
Write a brief argument-style essay on the topic given below. The essay should be 3 doublespaced pages in length (1000 words max. by computer word count). The a
What is the Economy?
The economy is a bucket.
The economy is a system for producing and distributing goods and services.
We can think of the transactions (between buyer-seller) as the liquid in the bucket.
Market expansion => liquid going up.
Why do we care about ethics?
Generally good ethics lead to good business.
Madoff - Ponzi scheme (Pyramid Scam) "147 years sentence"
- middle class
- wanted to go to upperclass
- considered working legitimately vs. going with a scam.
Economic Efficiency and the Quality of Life
ABSTRACT. A classical moral defense of profit seeking as
the social responsibility of business in a competitive market
is examined. That defense rests on claims about the directness of relationships between (a)
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