Child Labour And Its Ethical Implications

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Reflection Paper #2 This week we discussed the topic of child labour and its ethical implications. While this topic caused a great deal of discussion, I could not help but reflect upon how often western society was used to compare what was or was not ethically correct. Upon discussing the ethical philosophies related to the case, western society was continually used as the focus point to defend the ethical decisions. In my opinion, the ethical philosophies of Kantianism and Utilitarianism discussed in class can easily be used to come to a conclusion regarding the case, but they must be viewed as impartially as possible to prevent bias. Firstly I used Kantianism to analyze the child labour case. I focused upon the fundamental principle of Kantianism which is to “respect the dignity of each individual human being” (Perera, Yasanthi, “Philosophical Ethics & Business”). Impartiality is crucial to this form of ethical philosophy in my opinion. Initially I viewed the scenario from western society’s form of ethics and found the scenario to be unethical. Based on our society’s views, it is not proper to pay a person a small amount of money for a long day of work. In addition, the scenario included children creating an even more unethical situation. The second time I judged the scenario using an impartial mindset and discovered my ethical view point had changed. Within Thailand it is entirely possible these children are being treated with the dignity of a human being based upon
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