Morality: Scenarios

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utilitarianism

Which morality system is used here?

In medical research, animals are sometimes used in painful experiments to find cures for diseases that affect millions of humans.

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moral absolutism

Which morality system is used here?

Some medical researchers refuse to experiment on animals, citing that their religious beliefs prohibit them from causing others unnecessary pain.

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deontology

Which morality system is used here?

Under no circumstances are soldiers ever to knowingly disobey a direct command. As a result, if anything goes wrong, they will not be held liable. If anything, their superior officer will be the one to answer for the failure.

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moral relativism

Which morality system is used here?

Most Americans believe it is unfair and sexist for Muslim governments to require that Muslim women cover their bodies from head to toe. However, the United States will usually not interfere with other governments' cultural requirements.

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code of ethics

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Before getting officially hired, an employee is given a contract in which they are prohibited from dating co-workers, drinking alcohol, doing drugs, using racist language, etc.

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moral action

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Sam saw Peter getting bullied during lunch. Sam immediately goes to the principal to report the bullying.

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moral inaction

What is this an example of?

During a street riot, Sam's friends break into a store. They urge Sam to join in. Sam refuses to join in on the criminal activity and walks home among the chaos.

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immoral action

What is this an example of?

Peter notices a couple of friends hiding behind a dumpster. When he comes up to them, he notices them about to set the trash on fire. Thinking it will be exciting, Peter asks to for a match and lights one of the plastic trash bags on fire.

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immoral inaction

What is this an example of?

Peter sees his neighbor, an elderly man, getting harassed by some teenage hoodlums. He keeps his head down and keeps walking on his way.

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