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Introduction to Ethics

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Tyler Zimmer

on 31 August 2016

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Introduction to Ethics
Case Study #3:
Working Conditions at FoxConn
Instructor: Dr. Tyler Zimmer

Case Study #2:
Is stealing always wrong?
Imagine that you find yourself in the following situation.
Your significant other is very ill. She/he needs a specific kind of medicine or else she/he'll die. The pharmacist in your neighborhood has plenty of the drug but has priced it quite high and you cannot afford it. Time is ticking away and you are caught in a bind:
should you steal the medicine or not?
Case Study #1
Small Group Activity
What are the morally/ethically relevant aspects of the case? What different things should we consider?
What should you do in this case? Why?
Would your preferred course of action be legal? Can something be ethical but nonetheless illegal? Is it always wrong (ethically) to break the law?
What is the relationship between ethics and the law? Do the two always go together?
Small Group Activity
What are the ethically significant facts of the case?
Are the workers being wronged in this case? If so, how? If not, why not?
Is there exploitation going on here? Does the fact that the workers can quit at any time mean that they are not being exploited? Why or why not?
Small Group Activity
What are the ethically relevant variables at play here? What different group's interests should we take into consideration?
Is there any thing wrong or unjust about the situation described in the video? Why or why not?

Plan for this Week...
Case Study #1
Case Study #2
Case Study #3
Case Study #4
Case Study #5
Case Study #6
Next Week...
Relation between ethics/religion, ethics/self-interest, the authority of ethical norms, etc.
Case Study #4
What are the ethically significant considerations in this case? What needs to be taken into account?
What types of content (if any) should be censored or rated? Why?
What are the benefits of censorship? For whom are they benefits? What are the costs? For whom are they costs?
Should films be censored in the US?
Case Study #5
Cat-Calling on the Street
What are the ethically significant facts of the case? What different things should we consider?
Is anyone being wronged in this situation? If so, how? If not, why not?
What ethical words or concepts do you see as significant in assessing this case?
Case Study #6
The Ethics of Cheating
Wealth Inequality in the United States
Obscenity and Censorship
Ethically relevant variables?
What should be done? Why?
Imagine a case where two people enter into a monogamous intimate relationship and that it is mutually agreed upon that the relationship will be sexually and romantically exclusive (the two agree that they won't form sexual or romantic bonds with other people for the duration of their relationship.)
One person has a one-night stand with another person while traveling. They never tell their partner that this happened. A year later, they know wonder the following:
Was this wrong? If so, why?
What (if anything) would be achieved by telling their partner now?
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