PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics Essay

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PHI 445 Personal & Organizational Ethics

Week 1 Discussions and Journal
1. Psychological Egoism After reviewing Chapter 1 in your textbook and watching “Virtue Ethics,” find a contemporary article showing how the theory of psychological egoism in a corporation resulted in an ethical dilemma.
Is there a way that the decision-making process within a large corporation can overcome this fact of human selfishness?
What would be a solution in this scenario?
How does the theory of psychological egoism fit within your personal body of ethics and values?
How does the theory of psychological egoism fit within the ethical structure of the company
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Explain how people running businesses would construct their companies if they utilized these ethical theories. For example, you might personally think that people should act to increase the overall happiness for the greatest number of people (utilitarianism). You would explain utilitarianism and then explain how a company based in utilitarian ethics would function. In other words:

What products would they make?
How would they treat their employees? How would they treat their customers?
How would they manufacture their products?
How would they utilize their resources and profits were they to become successful?

Reflection Prompt #2
Analyze three of the punishments that corporations undergo when they have acted unethically (i.e., name them, define them, explain what they are). In addition, explain three threats to running an ethical corporation. Finally, from your own perspective, explain whether or not a corporation should have to function by the same codes of morality that individual people in society have to abide by or if they should be allowed to get away with certain actions that people in society cannot get away with.
Week 2 Discussions and Journal
1. Puffery and Deception A critical point of distinction between deceptive advertising and mere puffery is whether a claim is a measurable statement of fact.
Think of some contemporary examples of each and explain why they are or are not measurable statements of fact.
When you notice deceptive
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