Short Answer Questions
- Describe and distinguish consequentialism and deontology.
- Explain how a virtue ethicist makes a decision about how to act.
- Give an example of a medical case (you may make one up) in which justice and benefience are incompatible.
For Further Discussion
- Suppose you have taken a genetic test that determines to a high degree of accuracy whether or not you will have early onset Alzheimer's disease. Your results are on a secure website; you need only click the "unlock" button in order to know the result. What reasons might one give for clicking the button? What reasons might one give for not clicking it?
- Recall that consequentialism focuses more on consequences, while deontology focuses more on intentions. What situations can you think of in which consequentialism seems to provide better advice? What situations can you think of in which some deontological rule seems to provide better advice?
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