Essay on Ethics and Aristotle

837 Words Mar 31st, 2013 4 Pages
Ethics and Aristotle
A married couple, both addicted to drugs, is unable to care for their infant daughter. She is taken from them by court order and placed in a foster home. The years passed. She comes to regard her foster parents as her real parents. They love her as they would their own daughter. When the child is 9 years old, the natural parents, rehabilitated from drugs, begin court action to regain custody. The case is decided in their favor. The child is returned to them, against her will. Do ethics support the law in this case? Discuss.
Ends-based Thinking
The natural parents have the right to get their daughter back they became rehabilitated they did what the courts ordered them to do. Let the daughter go into foster
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She has grown to love them and think of them as her parents along with them loving her as their own too. The natural parents did not really take the child’s best interest into consideration when they were doing drugs; they did not care for her proper this is why the courts took her from them and put her into foster care. This child was only an infant at the time and she did not have anyone looking out for her best interest until the courts stepped in and took her out of their custody. Once an addict always an addict, the natural parents cannot guarantee they will never do drugs again. What is going to happen to this little girl if they do get addicted again and are unable to care for her and she goes yet to another foster home after being taken from the family that she was use to and loved? With this rule-base thinking also called deontological theories this is a tough decision but in the courts eyes it is the being fair for everyone.
Similarities and Differences
Based on the same dilemma my two solutions are similar since the parents are getting the custody of their daughter back but the difference is that the end-based is it is best for the masses and the rule-based is they should not but they do cause that is what everyone else is following and being fair to the natural parents.
“Real Life” Dilemmas
These two schools of ethics in my mind are worthy of the “real life” dilemmas but in my mind and heart personally this is