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Ethics Essay Examples

Analytical essay on Primo Levi's "If This Is a Man"

...As a conclusion it can be said that the novel 'If This is a Man' by Primo Levi and especially the ninth chapter is a unique account of the horrifying actions carried out in German concentration camps as it tells the story unemotionally using scientific diction to accentuate the seriousness of matter discussed. Analysis of the reasons behind setting up the Lager, methods used to break down human soul and the effects of the actions carried out by SS officials gives an appalling insight to one of t...

Arthur Miller's The Crucible: Gaining Integrity through Failure

...Senator Joseph McCarthy fought the growing Communist party during the "Red Scare," when America was vulnerable to the growing threat of Communist invasion. McCarthy's hearing is directly related to The Crucible because like the McCarthy hearings The Crucible sends a timeless message. Joseph McCarthy stood up to American society to publicly defend his reputation, as well as the reputations of others; additionally John Proctor did the same in The Crucible as he refused to shame himself by lying an...

The main differences between Act and Rule Utilitarianism

...In conclusion I am dubious of the extent of Utilitarianism real importance when it comes to moral decision-making. Although it may appear to be faultless in theory, as has been shown when it comes to applying it in practice there are some quite considerable flaws. I feel one should always aim to create good and happiness and not pain, but I feel following the theory of Utilitarianism is not a sufficient way to achieve this. Some people say we have a God given reason to know what is good or bad, ...

Psycholgy exhibited in the film John Q

...In conclusion, I believe in John Q, what John did was totally in his and his families' best interest, and is a perfect example of an ethical vignette. I also believe that John thought on a very postconventional scale. He knew what he was doing was morally wrong and against his ideals, however, since the insurance companies are such bloodsuckers, he was left with no choice. However, he was looking out for the best interests of his family and himself and simply refused to let his son die. I think...

Should children read fairy tales?

...To summarize the benefits gained from reading fairy tales, it must be noted that fairy tales help the mental development of the child and the advancement of their imagination, that they are useful tools for learning and that they teach basic moral laws and finally that they can help children with their enrollment in the society. After all, when Albert Einstein was asked how to develop intelligence in young people he answered "Read fairy tales, then read more fairy tales" ("Folk and Fairy Tales")...

Ethical Decision Making In Business

...Ethical norms and principles have developed over time and across all different cultures (Shanks, 1997). People have been raised to weigh the difference between right and wrong when making a decision. Therefore, I believe people utilize the ground rules described above without even realizing it. That leads me to believe that ethical decision-making is an innate trait for most people, and something they make the most of on a regular basis. The sad reality is not all people have these skills or eve...

Explain 'Natural Moral Law'

...In conclusion, Natural Moral Law enables to establish rules in order to structure a community. It gives a concrete reason to be moral and a firm basis from which to refuse to step over moral boundaries. It provides justification and support for certain core ideas and it judges actions, irrespective of consequences. Natural Moral Law isn't just simply a set of rules, but a way of living. It gives guidance on everyday questions on how to live and links them to the fundamental principles of life. I...

Psychological egoism and ethical egoism

...Although, the arguments against ethical egoism seem to be solid, I believe that greatness cannot be achieved by looking out for the interests of the entire group. Genius is not a group effort. I do not believe Mozart or Van Gough could have made such great works of art if someone had been looking over there shoulder saying, "no, no, that doesn't look/sound good at all." Even though on average humans will get the better for themselves by looking out for the greater good, we will never see anythin...

The legal case of Riggs v. Palmer

...In order for someone to become a lawyer they must first study law for many years, a very intense and informative process, resulting in an understanding of our legal system far beyond the bounds of the lay person. It is the lawyers understanding of law, and the loopholes which may be found in it, that create a situation in which the lawyer must be nothing more than instrument, used for serving it's purpose. It is not up to the lawyer to decide what is moral for Elmer Palmer, his instrumental purp...

Themes in "The Beauty Queen of Leenane"

...As Mag complains about not being able to understand an Irish singer, Maureen turns off the radio angrily since she thinks it is right that people speak Irish because they live in Ireland and adds that the crux of the matter is that “if it wasn’t for the English stealing our language, and our land, and our God-knows-what, wouldn’t it be we wouldn’t need to go over there begging for jobs and for handouts? ” WORKS CITED : Vanhellemont, Rhea. Martin McDonagh's freewheeling and slightly sur...

Should To Kill a Mockingbird Be Banned?

...This story has been put on the National Education Association’s list of titles receiving the most complaints from private organizations in 1968, and 4 of 5 students in one classroom said that the book is hard to read and comprehend. It also ranks at number 21 of 100 books most frequently challenged of 2000-2009. This has happened because people don’t understand the academic value of this book, let alone the moral value, which they definitely don’t see. Parents see words that they don’t w...

All Animals Are Equal

...Furthermore, I agree that since there are other means of getting the nutrition that we need, people should make an effort to eat less meat. Nonetheless, people will continue to eat meat due to the fact that they ignorant as to what exactly the animals go through before they are killed for us to eat. Personally, I believe that that is how people like it. Then that way they don't have to feel guilty every time they pick up a hamburger, and they can just go on enjoying it. This is a controversial t...

Analysis- Macbeth's soliloquy

...Macbeth's tone throughout his soliloquy is one of confusion, frustration and is filled with hellish images which are associated with what may become of Macbeth's soul. "Bloody instructions, which being taught; return to plague th'inventor, deep damnation, poisoned chalice" Macbeth recognizes the guilt which may come with the murder of Duncan and we find ourselves feeling pity for him as he struggles with morals and his own ambition. Personification and metaphors are also effective in Macbeth's ...

A Case Study of the H.B. Fuller Case on Honduras

...Fuller To Handle: Litigators want to paste company with "wrongfuldeath" suit over child's misuse of product. Business Ethics [Online]. RetrievedSeptember 27, 2006, from http://pangaea.org/street_children/latin/ethics.htmLee, L. (1996, August 30). Free, unlimited energy brightens rural Honduras -- but at acost. Honduras This Week [Online]. Retrieved September 26, 2006 from,http://www.marrder.com/htw/aug96/national.htmlN'Kaoua, L. (1993, August 11). The Sweet Smell of Success (Part 2 of 2) [Online...

Enron Ethics

...Enron looks at first sight like "type I", like a classical business ethics case, with a typical mix of "amorality" and "immorality". But the thesis of the authors is that Enron is an at least as good illustration of "type II", of window-dressing ethics, with talking instead of walking, ethics as rhetoric. While "type II" looks modern, "type III" looks like the old-fashioned type of moral business ethics, CSR, marketing and public relations were invented with collective moral conscience as consis...

The ethical theory of emotivism

...So the implications to ethics if all our decisions were made based on emotion or non-cognitive views, would be that peoples views and moral decisions would change, based on what they felt that day. And emotions can change a lot over a short periods of time. So that would imply that morals would have to change and most peoples don't. They have a set of basic morals which they keep to. So I don't feel that moral decisions are based on emotion or have hidden emotion because the facts tell me diffe...

Ethical Legal Dilemma Advanced Practice Nursing Case Study II

...(2011). The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Public Health, and the Elusive Target of Human Rights. Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. 39(3), 340-354. doi:10. 1111/j. 1748-720X. 2011. 00604 Grant, P. D. , & Ballard, D. C. (2011). Law for nurse leaders: A comprehensive reference. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Grundstein-Amado, R. (1991). An integrative model of clinical-ethical decision making. Theoretical Medicine, 12(2), 157-170. Retrieved from http://link. sprin...

Normative ethical subjectivism

...Normative ethical subjectivism is an ethical stance that attempts to establish the situations under which an action is morally right or wrong. It states an act is morally right if the person judging the act approves of it. Normative ethical subjectivism uses the arguments of democracy, tolerance, disagreement and atheism to try proving this claim. Methethical antirealism is an ethical stance that claims there are no right or wrong views or stances on ethical options. Methethical antirealism goes...

"The Possibility of Evil" by Shirley Jackson

...In conclusion, every person on this earth has done misdeeds; nevertheless, that does not make them evil. We are not obligated to stop evil, because we do not fully understand what evil is. What one sees as evil, others may see as good; what one may determine bad, others may see as righteous. The approach to stop evil is not right, because we do not have the ability to judge for everyone. Certain cases such as law breaking remain obvious; however, Miss Strangeworth's approaches were incorrect bec...

Themes of "The Lowest Animal"

...In this essay Twain illustrated the worst angles of humans. He challenged the notion that there was "an accent of man" rather sarcastically tries to depict a "decent of man." Throughout the essay he chooses some of the most ethically appalling traits humans have, or an atrocity that humans have done or potentially could do. These three themes summed the essay up: religious hypocrisy, inferiority of humans to other animals, and the ability of humans to know what's wrong yet still commit evil....

"Ulysses" by Alfred Tennyson - Poem

...The challenges and life experiences that Ulysses endured and conquered developed his character and heroic attributes which is a belief that most people still harbour in this day and age. It is amazing that a poem that both take place and that were written such a long time ago can still be associated with real life in the modern world. Timeless pieces of literature such as Lord Tennyson's poem and Greek mythology will always have the ability to correlate to modern day life no matter what day and ...

Arabian Nights

...The amazing influence of the "˜chinese box effect' in the whole book can be well observed in the Tale of the Husband and the Parrot. The fact that this tale does not influence King Yunan's decision of the sage enhances the misfortune hence making the theme of the whole story even stronger. The close relation of characters in the sub-tales allows the advice of the tale to affect the characters in all of the tales as well as the ultimate target of Sharazad's persuasion, King Shahrayar. Sharazad i...

Ethical views expressed in 'Lord of the Flies'

...And as technologies, theories and opinions improve and decline, we are only contributing towards destruction of the human race. After all, aren't we all opportunists? Ethics- a word most of us know, but fail to recognize and understand the concept behind this word. For people to understand, they should be open minded and aware that ethically speaking it is wrong to judge other people's ethics by your standards. As humans, we all differ in every single way. Golding is one the few people who has t...

The Ethics of Hamlet

...Hamlet is clearly concerned that his foe will not suffer appropriately. Therefore, he delays his act of vengeance. Through his thoughts, he exposes a very important part of his personality, a habit of thinking things over and over again. This passage evidently shows Hamlet's extensive use of vigilance and reasoning. This scene is exceptionally important because it is the only scene where Hamlet is alone with Claudius, giving him a perfect chance to retaliate. In every other scene, Claudius is in...

Huck Finn Character Analysis

...How is Huck able to achieve this accomplishment? It is his departure from conventional society as well as his relationship with Jim that allows Huck to develop considerable moral character. At the start of the story Huck is restricted by society and forced to believe what they tell him to believe, so he does not feel any personal connection with Jim. Once Huck leaves society he starts to form his own opinions and moral values based upon the way Jim acts towards him. His relationship with Jim ma...

Moral reasoning

...Therefore in conclusion if most people have a benevolent motive to do the right thing in society and take pleasure in making society a happier place this would have to mean that society would need to be consistent in the way it treats people. There would be no impartiality or objectivity, all reasoning would be done from a top-down position. We would all then walk around with happy faces saying hello to all we meet, there would be no fighting anymore there would be no wars, there would be punish...

Money madness

...If we are to save ourselves from humiliations, criticism, guilt, and blames in this modern day world, we must have money. Because money parallels power. And the poet strongly criticizes such a morally and socially degraded state of the Modern day society. He proclaims that bread, shelter, and fire should be free, to anybody and everybody all over the world. We must regain our sanity when it comes to money. We must replace our madness with logic. Otherwise soon enough we will start killing one an...

Salvation by Langston Hughes

...In the opening paragraph, Langston exhibits a calm and logical opinion towards being saved by Jesus. He does not display any fierce objections; nor does he exhibit any outbursts of excitement or anxious doubts. He seems to believe that Jesus will save him with the same cordial innovation as is later displayed when the other children are being saved. As the story progresses and Langston's anxiety prevails he wonders when or if Jesus will ever in fact save him at all. While Jesus is saving all of ...

The Crucible- Themes Of Fear, Guilt And Revenge

...These compelling themes of fear, guilt and revenge will provoke people to take very extreme courses of action. It is the choices one makes that they are judged on, because your choices are dictated by the person you are. It is even one's decision whether or not to let emotions cloud your judgement. However, once the choices are made and the outcome is witnessed your strength of character is revealed. Unfortunately it isn't always the deserving individuals that take the fall. John Proctor realize...

Ethical Analysis Of Case Study

...I would ask to re-assess her mental status, ask to see a copy of her official living will, where and when it was written, in what condition she was when it was written knowing that she has a history of maniac depression. I would make sure that she wasn’t suicidal or depressed when she wrote that living will. Based on the information that she changed that living will twice in the past, I would enforce a review and assessment by several different healthcare practitioners. References Dresser, R. ...

Moral Law Vs Natural Law In The Scarlet Letter

...Hawthorne rejects natural laws by asserting the dominant position and influence of the moral laws. By noticing when and how Hawthorne offers the truth to the reader such as when Hester lied to Pearl in the forest setting or when Chillingworth's character is revealed under the scrutiny of heavenly light, the moral laws are dominant. Even the chief symbol of the book, the scarlet letter, has a meaning imposed solely by the moral laws. Another character originally having a natural tendency, Pearl, ...

Is Prostitution Deviant?

...A strength of the social-conflict paradigm in viewing conflict is that in order to change the pattern of prostitution or any negative matter of society we must look at what forms the problem in order to prevent it. However one viewpoint gives us a narrow solution for a vast number of problems and other issues besides social inopportunity, like morals, values and a persons character must also be addressed in ordered to wholly fix any problem. Though we live in a world that expresses moral relativ...

Loss Of Innocence Essay (Grade Ten Advanced Placement, Non-Revised Version)

...Although the loss of innocence may not be a large change, it defines the difference between youth and adult, a concept that has been prominent in our society since it’s very creation. Children, the innocent, are educated in schools and raised by parents so they can one day become experienced. Upon a closer look at the loss of innocence archetype in literature, we may begin to draw parallels from the innocence, life-changing events, and experience of those within stories with our own. Although ...

Cultural Relativism

...Since there is no universal truth, there is no reasoning why a certain society is better than another. If we all would realize this it could lead to people having more open minds. We then can see that maybe what we believe in isn't the right thing and that we only believe certain things because our culture tells us to. If we were born as an eskimo than we wouldn't see anything wrong with infanticide or killing of the elders. These practices would be normal for us and they would be culturally rig...

Ethical Decision Making Model analysis

...As you can see making an ethical decision can be broken down with the 7 steps provided and if the steps are followed, an ethical decision should be made. Critical thinking plays a big part in making my decision even when following the 7 steps listed. Again critical thinking is "Logical thinking that draws conclusions from facts and evidence". Critical thinking plays a huge role in step 3 of the model that I used. I think step 3 is one of the most important steps in the process. Sometimes I still...

Ethical Issues Created by Technology

...In conclusion I believe that the global nature of the Internet makes addressing the ethical issues associated with Internet or information privacy daunting and complex. It is an arena without walls or physical boundaries, where the ethical values vary from country to country. Even within the United States there is dissent and disagreement about the definitions of "Internet Privacy," who owns that information, and what constitutes appropriate or inappropriate use of that information. Perhaps the ...

Kant's Critique of Utilitarianism

...This will take away the value of a good grade that a person that studies may receive. You then ask yourself two questions: Can I coherently conceive of such a world? And if so, Can I sincerely will such a world? If at the end of all this, the maxim drops out and passes all these tests then it is okay to act on it because it is morally permissible. As seen in my example, it is not moral to cheat on a test because if everyone did it then it would devalue the good grades that people got that put wo...

Moral Values

...There is no more powerful creature for a child than parents. The system of learning and adaptation to the life and society in particular is based on hungry absorption by kids of behavioural patterns and ideas from parents. Parents share subconsciously and freely with their kids all they know up to the point, when kids get problems. Actually it is very hard to limit voluntarily parental control, even harder to find the right balance. At least subconsciously, adults perceive their kids as a contin...


FAQ about Ethics


❓ Why is Atticus a hero?

...In conclusion, Atticus is a hero on many levels. He is a heroic role model to his children, and heroic in his beliefs and actions on human rights, even if most white people in Maycomb County disagree with him. Atticus always maintains his dignity in ...

❓ To what extent should nation be the foundation of identity

...The only nation I believe that we should accept to influence our identities are the ones we choose to be involved in. Culture, heritage, and religion are all examples of nations we choose to take part in and promote as part of our individual identiti ...

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