Posted: November 10th, 2016
A married couple, both addicted to drugs, are unable to care for their infant daughter. She is taken from them by court order and placed in a foster home. The years pass. She comes to regard her foster parents as her real parents. They love her as they would their own daughter. When the child is 9 years old, the natural parents, rehabilitated from drugs, begin court action to regain custody. The case is decided in their favor. The child is returned to them, against her will. Does ethics support the law in this case? Discuss. Group A.: Dilemma Question selected; “A newspaper columnist signs a contract with a newspaper chain. Several months later she is offered a position with another newspaper chain at a higher salary. Because she would prefer making more money, she notifies the first chain that she is breaking her contract. The courts will decide the legality of her action. . But what of the morality? Did the columnist behave ethically”? Problem 1: The Major of a large city was given a free membership in an exclusive golf club by people who have received several city contracts. He also accepted gifts from organizations that have not done business with the city but might in the future. The gifts range from $200 tickets to professional sports events to designer watches and jewelry. Using web based research, find an environmental-based ethical dilemma from the past five years online. (You can use a news story, an internet article, a law case, or anything from a governmental database for this assignment.) Then, using this story as a foundation for your dilemma: 1.Create a 2-4 paragraph “dilemma” similar to the other dilemmas you have been solving throughout this term. 2.Solve the dilemma using Kant’s ethics (Categorical Imperative). 3.Solve the dilemma using any other method we have discussed to date (with which you agree.) 4.State which resolution (Kant’s or the other one you chose) you prefer and why. The “You Decide” tab to the left presents a difficult and painful dilemma to you in an imagined professional role. Go through the You Decide presentation, make the decision it calls for, and write your weekly paper to make your decision and explain, in the given format, your reasoning and justification for it. Your dilemma is that you have to make a painful medical decision and to explain, in writing, who benefits from what you decided, who gets denied a needed benefit, and why. The document is to be in the form of an official memorandum that will be kept for the record and could be potentially read by not only your Peer Review Committee, but also possibly those involved in charitable fundraising to support hospital development and others with financial interests in the choice made. You will see in the You Decide tab that there is time pressure in the simulated situation to make your decision, so remember that you would not have the luxury to dawdle in the decision-making process, and as the decision-maker, you would not have the luxury of consulting others. It all falls on YOU! Include in the document the utilitarian ethical philosophy of John Stuart Mill (from the lecture and audio for this week) and ONE OTHER ETHICAL PHILOSOPHER of your choice that we have studied to date, and use both of those philosophies to bolster your decision. This paper will be at least two double spaced pages but limited to three pages. Remember both professional written form and potential audience, as well as tone when writing this sensitive paper. You may want to wait until at least Thursday to begin working on this assignment so you can include the information we are learning in the threads and in our readings in your thought processes. Write your answer and save it in a Word document, entitled,”YourLastnameEthicsWeek5.docx.” For example, Dr. Christian Barnard, who performed the first heart transplant surgery, would turn in a document named “BarnardEthicsWeek5.docx.” This problem may take more than a few paragraphs to answer. I would think that about two pages should cover this. You may include a reference to up to two outside sources, if properly documented. Outside sources are NOT required
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