ethics

Question 2 (15 points):

Consider the following scenario:

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You are Luke Skywalker, and you are with Han Solo on the planet Hoth, an arctic planet. It is about to be nightfall, and it will be too cold for the two of you to survive. You both are riding an animal called a tauntaun, and Han Solo kills the animal so the two of you can hide in its carcass through the night. In the process, the animal dies.

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Describe Aquinas’ doctrine of double effect

· Apply it to this scenario. What would Aquinas say about Han Solo’s solution to the problem, and why?

Question 3 (15 points)

Consider the following scenario:

You go to renew your driver’s license, which is expired. You discover that you are required to show your birth certificate in order to get your driver’s license. However, you lost your birth certificate in a house fire. When you go to request a duplicate birth certificate, you are told you must have proof of identification in order to make the request, and that your expired driver’s license does not qualify. You have no other forms of identification available to you.

· Describe the four requirements of natural law onto human law for Aquinas

· What would these four requirements say about the law above?

Question 4 (15 points)

You are a scientist, and get a new job with great pay and amazing benefits. While working at the facility, you discover that your job is to create full human clones. These clones are “insurance” for really rich people, who will then have them killed to harvest their organs to prolong their life if necessary. (If you have seen the movie The Island, it is effectively the same scenario).

· According to Kant, does the categorical imperative apply to the clones? Why or why not?

· Explain Kant’s notion of the categorical imperative (at least two formulations)

· What would the categorical imperative say about this situation?

· Explain Kant’s notion of imperfect duties to others

· What would Kant’s notion of imperfect duties say to do in this situation?

Question 5 (15 points)

· Explain Kant’s idea that one has imperfect duties to oneself. Provide examples of how you fulfill this idea in your own life

· Explain Aristotle’s ideas of intellectual virtue. Make sure to talk about habits. Provide examples of how you fulfill this idea in your own life

· Explain Aristotle’s ideas of moral virtue. Make sure to talk about habits. Provide examples of how you fulfill this idea in your own life

· How are Aristotle’s ideas different from Kant’s?

· How have these philosophers impacted how you live your life, if it at all?

Question 6 (15 points)

Consider the following scenario:

You have recently made a new friend and invite her to your birthday party. She brings you an expensive, lavish gift of a perfume. You know that you are highly allergic to this perfume.

· Consider at least three possible actions you could take in this situation

· apply Bentham’s Felicity Calculus to the options. Make sure to list all seven variables, define them and apply them correctly.

· On this view, what should you do and why?

Question 7 (15 points)

Consider the following scenario:

Your mom’s birthday is coming up. You have $30 to buy her a present. She has been dropping hints that she really wants a certain piece of jewelry in your price range. However, you have an in and can get two tickets to the opera for both of you to go together for the same price. Your mom has never been to the opera, and you don’t know whether she would like it. However, your music appreciation professors says that this opera is highly rated.

· What would qualitative utilitarianism say that you should do?

· What would quantitative utilitarianism say that you should do?

· What is the difference between the two views? Why?

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