Ethics questions

Ethics questions

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?

An airline pilot goes for his regular medical checkup. The doctor discovers that he has developed a heart murmur. The pilot only has a month to go before he is eligible for retirement. The doctor know this and wonders whether, under these unusual circumstances, she is justified in withholding the information about the pilot’s condition.

Parameters for writing this paper:

  • Answer the questions raised in the problems above. You will have two separate sections to your paper, one on each separate question in your chosen group. You do not have to write an “English class” style paper this week. Answer each problem separately.
  • While writing your answers, incorporate the ideas of “good vs. evil,” “wrong vs. right,” and “ought/should be vs. what is.”
  • Explain in your answer to each problem how Augustine and Aquinas would have solved the problem based on what we learned about each here in the materials and course, and if they differ, why?
  • Your two sets of answers should be about two pages, double spaced.

preview of the answer..

The newspaper columnist associates the new contract with more happiness. The happiness being spoken of in this end seems to be hedonistic. Understanding the morality of the columnist’s action will depend thon the school of thought that one subscribes to in the discussion. In this instance, the school of thought is naturalism as put across by Saints Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. With naturalism in perspective, the thesis in this paper is that the act was not ethical.                        

            St. Thomas Aquinas presents an Aristotelian Eudaimonism. This means that he thought that an act is good or bad depending on whether it is directly responsible for the achievement of human well-being. Eudaimonism on the other hand refers to happiness that arises from a completeness of the individual that arises..

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