Ethics Week3 Essay

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Kiara Pabon September 23, 2012 Principles of Ethics 1. The Mayor of a large city was given a free membership in an exclusive golf club by people who have received several city contracts. He also accepted gifts from organizations that have not done business with the City but might in the future. The gifts ranged from $200 tickets to professional sports events to designer watches and jewelry. The Mayor’s decision to accept these gifts was ethical because anyone who is receiving gifts would automatically accept and wouldn’t even think twice about accepting them. But I believe it is wrong for the Mayor to accept gifts from organizations that have not business with them because it might cause controversial between them if they don’t…show more content…
Locke believed that the inevitable pursuit of happiness and pleasure, when conducted rationally, leads to cooperation, and in the long run private happiness and the general welfare coincide. Immediate pleasures must give way to a prudent regard for ultimate good, including reward in the afterlife. Therefore, I think Locke would approve of the college instructor actions. I believe the actions taken place represented a greater good because the college instructor was trying to better herself by pursing a higher degree. It is not like she was simply lazy and did want to put effort; she just doesn’t have the time for it all and that is understandable. The college instructor would benefit from the good because she is able to work, as well as, gaining her doctorate degree. I believe that the consequences ethically justified her actions because most likely she would not get much harm for being repetitive with the assignments and lectures. In this situation, the greater good overweighs the consequences. 3. Todd and Edna have been married for three years. They have had serious personal problems. Edna is a heavy drinker, and Todd cannot keep a job. Also, they have bickered and fought constantly since their marriage. Deciding that the way to overcome their problems is to have a child, they stop practicing birth control, and Edna becomes pregnant. The decision that Todd and Edna made to overcome their problems was unethical because

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