ethics homwork 6 ex

Find an ethical issue which occurred within the last year or find an ethical issue faced by a fictional character.

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TITLE – type the name of the person or article title and the philosophy you are applying.

Example – President Bush – Kant

If you use an article be sure your article was published within the last year.


  • SUMMARIZE – In paragraph one give a summary of the article/person/character, in case I am not familiar with them.
  • ETHICAL ISSUE – State the ethical issue that person faced – Use proper format – Make it bold print and a SHOULD QUESTION.
  • APPLICATION – Using the steps outlined in your text, apply each step of Kantian Ethics to the situation. Fully show your application.  
  •     CONCLUSION (last step in the application) – Choose the best option. If that person were a true Kantian  – what would that person have done. What would the Kantian theory say is the morally right or best thing to do?
  • See the sample format below


SAMPLE FORMAT – Apply Kantian Ethics 

  • What should X do about ________________?

    1.     List possible options.  


    1.    X could ____________________________________.

    2.    X could ____________________________________.

    3.    X could ____________________________________.

    4.    X could ____________________________________.


    Apply Categorical Imperative/Universality

    1.    X could ____________________________________.  Would I want all people, consistently, universally to _____________________?  Yes


    Apply universality to all of the options. 

    Apply Respect (to remaining options) Is X exploiting someone (using someone for her own benefit)

    1.    X could ____________________________________.  Is X exploiting anyone (using someone as a means to an end for her own gain)?  No (so this is a good option)


    Apply respect to all of the options. 

    Conclusion – If X were a Kantian she could use options 1, 3 or 4 (or some combination of all three if necessary).


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