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Ethics and Morality Theory. Part 1 6 September 2006. Administrative. Class roll This should be the correct list! Short Paper Last chance: no repeating the same topic for term project Paper copy due at class Electronic due at 7 pm through Blackboard. What is ethics ?.

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ethics and morality theory

Ethics and Morality Theory

Part 1

6 September 2006

administrative
Administrative
  • Class roll
    • This should be the correct list!
  • Short Paper
    • Last chance: no repeating the same topic for term project
    • Paper copy due at class
    • Electronic due at 7 pm through Blackboard
what is ethics
What is ethics?

Ethics – “philosophical study of morality”

Philosophy -- Investigation of the nature, causes, or principles of reality, knowledge, or values, based on logical reasoning rather than empirical methods.

what is ethics4
What is ethics?

Ethics – “philosophical study of morality”

Morality – rules of conduct describing what people in a society should and should not do

What is society?

society
Society

Association of people

organized

under a system of rules

designed to advance the good of its

members

over time

Rawls, A Theory of Justice

ethics
Ethics
  • What choices that people make are part of ethics?
  • Must be voluntary
  • Must relate to morality
  • What is the fundamental purpose of any moral system?
    • To advance the common good
  • What rules of conduct did you learn growing up?
what is the common good
What is the common good?
  • James Moor’s core values
    • Life
    • Happiness
    • Ability to accomplish goals
ethical dilemma
Ethical Dilemma
  • Apparent conflict between moral imperatives
  • New technologies can open up new social problems and new ethical dilemmas
    • Examples?
  • Can new technologies change morality?
and for a break
And for a break…
  • Look Like My Dog Contest
in monday s paper
In Monday’s paper
  • Law firm was hacked
  • Suing IBM for information
  • Herald Sun article
  • Break into small groups (4-5 people) and spend 10 minutes discussing
    • Should IBM be required to give information?
    • What level of proof should be required?
    • If IBM has some bad guys, shouldn’t they WANT to help?