Professional Ethics, Notes week 14
Professional Ethics, Notes week 14 PHI 1120, Professional Ethics
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Reading Quiz McFall believes that acting in accordance w/ one’s principles is not sufficient to have integrity I. Integrity 1) it’s a virtue i. a virtue is a character trait that makes someone flourish or excellent, happy or successful 2) involves principles i. principles are rules or policies that we adopt that tell us what to do ii. they reflect our commitments (the values we think are important) 3) McFall believes that integrity is more than acting in accordance w/ one’s principles CASE 1: - Abe subscribes to two principles: 1. Always do what’s just 2. Always do what advances my own interests - Can he have integrity? YES NO - everything we - principles are do, whether going to we realize it conflict b/c of or not, is for “always” our own - not part of a benefit consistent/co herent “whole” b/c the principles conflict - LESSON: **INTEGRITY REQUIRES CONSISTENT PRINCIPLES CASE 2: - Beatrice subscribes to a principle requiring fidelity to her spouse, but has an affair anyway - Can she have integrity? YES NO - - she’s not acting on her principles - actions aren’t consistent w/ her principles - LESSON: **INTEGRITY REQUIRES ACTING CONSISTENTLY WITH YOUR PRINCIPLES CASE 3: - The shopkeeper has a principle to be fair to his customers (always make correct change). He always does this b/c he knows they’ll catch on and he’ll lose customers if he doesn’t - Can he have integrity? YES NO - unsure if he - he’s doing it has to be of his own motivated by self-interest good - he’s not intentions motivated by the principle; motivated by self- interest - LESSON: **INTEGRITY REQUIRES ACTING ON OUR PRINCIPLES; in other words, your motivation must be the principle itself and not some alternative CASE 4: - Clarice has a principle she always acts upon: Do whatever will bring you most pleasure right now. - Can she have integrity? YES NO - she meets all - what if she the criteria decides we have so killing far outlined someone - given what gives her we’ve said so pleasure? far, she can have integrity - LESSON: **INTEGRITY REQUIRES PRINCIPLES THAT WE MIGHT BE TEMPTED TO VIOLATE CASE 5: - The Montrachet Drinker: she only drinks things to accommodate her sophisticated palette. One day, she resists the temptation to have a Mountain Dew - Can he have integrity? YES NO - she has all - it’s not the conditions important; we’ve so far her principle outlined met is stupid/has no substance - it’s not about anything that matters - LESSON: **INTEGRITY REQUIRES PRINCIPLES THAT REFLECT COMMITMENTS TO SOMETHING IMPORTANT - What is important to one person, however, might not be important to another; what is not important to one person, on the other hand, might be very important to another II. What Integrity Requires: 1) Consistent principles 2) Consistency b/w Actions and Principles i. and a commitment to not revise your principles too easily 3) Acting on our principles 4) Principles we might be tempted to violate 5) Principles regarding matters that are actually important III. Why is Integrity good/something we should desire? 1) w/o it, you’d be too “wishy-washy” 2) your principles help you make morally benevolent decisions (most of the time)
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