Ethical dilemmas Essay

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Ethical Dilemmas in Business
Case 2: Kathryn McNeil (A)
Charles Foley’s Ethical Dilemma
At stake here are several conflicting values, the concern for a fellow human being, self-preservation, success of the company and the pressure to perform. As VP of the division, I am under scrutiny to deliver substantial results to my president, John Edmonds, to be seen as sensitive to my product managers needs. Lisa Walters, Kathryn’s supervisor, has pressed me for a resource action for boosting staff morale and replacing her with someone who can be more productive. I also feel that Kathryn McNeil is a hard worker who is stuck in a tricky personal situation.

My Approach to the Ethical Dilemma
How am I to satisfy Lisa Walters request to dispose
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Neither argument is acceptable since it leaves two clear remediable injustices unresolved: a) Kathryn is free to pursue happiness in her personal relationships but not at the expense of her relationships at work, and b) it is unfair for me to shield the burden of one seemingly under-performing employee.
Socrates
The Socratic paradox is that no one is willingly bad and that people do wrong because they have not the knowledge to do right. In Republic, Plato writes that Thrasymachus argued that justice is the advantage of the stronger person, and that just acts are never performed voluntarily. Glaucon further strengthened the argument using the analogy of the Ring of Gyges stating that whenever there is a perceived benefit of causing injustice to someone else while at the same time not being shown to be partial or unjust, a person would gladly go ahead and be unjust to that someone else! It is clear that both Thrasymachus and Glaucon would favor a resource action against Kathryn McNeil as long as neither was accused of lobbying for it.
Modern Scholars
The question of what is truly the nature of justice remains an unanswered question as noted by Bertrand Russell in ‘The History of Western Philosophy’ wherein he notes that Socrates was unable to provide a convincing rebuttal of Glaucon’s arguments on justice, and neither have all the social philosophers since, been able to do. Amartya Sen, in his book ‘The Idea of Justice’, has

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