Ethical Theories Cristina Arimany Kerri Marsh Edward Porrello Monica Valencia Introduction Brief history of ethical thought Ethical theories The Disaster at Bhopal The Titanic Tragedy A Brief History of Ethical Thought
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I. What is it?
Problem Solving Approach:
A) Building Dams
B) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
a) Stable flow of drinking water.
b) Flood control.
c) Recreational opportunities
a) Relocation of flood-zone residents.
Result: Since the benefits of building the dam outweigh the costs, it is profitable/ethical to build the dam.
Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP):
a) Safe storage of dangerous waste.
b) Nuclear Power = electricity.
c) Radioisotopes = medicine.
a) Potential danger to residents near transportation routes.
Result: Since the benefits of building WIPP facilities outweighs the cost to society, then it is ethical to go ahead with project.
Two Tenets of Utilitarianism:
What is a virtue?
A moral distinction and goodness.
Honor: (dignity, integrity, pride). This may seem good because of integrity but it might give you negative consequences because of pride (wars to preserve honor of nation).
In order to obtain a complete understanding of a problem, it is best to analyze the situation using multiple ethical theories.
In Arab countries…
Ethical principles of Buddhists, Hindus, and all major religions of world are similar
“When in Rome, do as the Romans”
2,000 Deaths200,000+ Injuries
1,500 lives were lost
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