The Categorical Imperative And The Utilitarian Perspective

935 WordsApr 20, 20164 Pages
1. Given these query results, do you have an ethical responsibility to do something? Consider both the categorical imperative and the utilitarian perspective. The query results clearly indicate the inequality, the most of the employees born in cites like California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas are getting fewer salaries than their job salary range. In this situation, we are ethically responsible for doing something about it, but it is not easy to know the decision we are making is right or wrong. In an ethical issue like this, we can only make a right decision with the support of the philosophy of ethics like the categorical imperative and the utilitarian perspective. "The German philosopher Immanuel Kant defined the categorical imperative as the principle that one should behave only in a way that one would want the behavior to be a universal law” (Kroenke, 2014, p. 20). In this situation, my decision is to act against the inequality, which can be considered as a universal act because everyone can make the same decision as mine in this same situation. So my decision to act against the inequality comes under the categorical imperative. So when we consider the categorical imperative in this situation, then we are ethically responsible for doing something against inequality. Any decision or action that can maximize happiness and minimize pain, then that decision or action comes under the utilitarian. In this situation, my decision to act against inequality can maximize
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