This is a two part assignment with a lot of writing. This is part 1
- Write an essay (750 words or more) on the following case. Be sure to first set out what you believe the contractarian position to be. Second, evaluate whether or not you agree with this solution based upon personal worldview or community worldview tenets. Make your reasons very explicit. Be sure to make it clear whether you are referring to issues of autonomy or the nature of the contract in structuring your essay.
You are a married woman. You recently met a man at work named John. You think John is very hot. John thinks you are hot. The problem is that you are married. John is also married, but his spouse doesn’t seem to care about what he does. John is making the move on you. You have the opportunity (due to a regular after-work function that you must both attend for your job). You really want to respond positively to John’s advances, so you do. Both you and John have contractually agreed to the affair (though not in so many words). You both enjoy each other. Is this right? What would contractarianism say? Who are the various parties involved? Are there several contracts involved? How does on adjudicate this?
- Write an essay on the following case. Be sure to first set out what you believe the virtue ethics position to be. Second, evaluate whether or not you agree with this solution based upon personal worldview or community worldview tenets. Make your reasons very explicit. Be sure to highlight which virtues you think are at stake and why one will trump the other.
You are a sales manager at an insurance company. One of your employees, Sally Boyd, wrote a life-insurance contract on a career office worker, Shin Lee. Shin was suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome so Sally signed the application for him in his name. This is contrary to company policy. If the underwriters had known of Shin’s condition, they may have asked for further underwriting information in order to determine whether Shin was an acceptable risk. In fact, shin had an associated condition (known to him at the time) that later required treatment and as a result, went very badly.
The treatment for this condition was such that Shin was hospitalized, and after his operation sepsis set in and killed him. The life insurance money would help his family (otherwise destitute), but there is the issue of possible fraud on the part of Sally. The company decided to pay the claim, but has issued a request for an investigation that now stares you in the face. Sally has worked for the company for 20 years and has never had a complaint before. But now her decision to sign an application for someone else so that it didn’t arouse suspicion has perhaps cost the company $50,000 (the face value of the life insurance policy). What do you do? Turn Sally over to the police (fraud is a crime)? Fire Sally? Admonish Sally so that it makes and impact on her salary? Give Sally a slap on the wrist? Ignore the whole thing? Base your response upon virtue ethics.
Write an essay (750 words or more) on the following case. Be sure to
first set out what you believe the utilitarian position to be. Second,
evaluate whether or not you agree with this solution based upon personal
and worldview or community worldview tenets. Make your reasons very
You are living in the United States of America. The president has declared a national emergency. The president has declared that terrorism threatens our very way of life due to the 9.11.01 events. The only way to really track terrorists in our country is to declare that the Bill of Rights privileges will now be granted only at the discretion of the president. Each and every right may be temporarily suspended at his discretion until the danger to our country has been abated. Is this president justified in making this executive order? Base your response only upon utilitarian reasoning (quantify where possible).
2. Write an essay (750 words or less) on the following case. Be sure to first set out what you believe the deontological position to be. Second, evaluate whether or not you agree with the solution based upon personal worldview or community worldview tenets. Make your reasons very explicit. Be sure to highlight one of Kant’s categorical imperatives regarding prohibitions, obligations, and permissions in formulating your answers.
You attend a small university. You are very much in love with your significant other. He/she is the strong, loyal, plodding type, and you think that you definitely want to marry. You have been living together for the past 18 months. The problem is that you met another person. This person is a sports star and you think he/she is very hot. One night, after this person had an exceptional game, you were in a coterie that surrounded that person. Your significant other was home studying for a math final. That night, you had sex with the sports star. You know that your significant other is a very traditional person. He/she does not even look at another person because he/she is so attached to you. After the game and the affair, you return to your significant other and also have sex with them, but he/she becomes suspicious (they say it is “different.”) He/she asks you whether you have been with someone else. What do you say? Direct your responses to the rules of deontology.