COM 440 - Media Ethics Week 1 of notes
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COM 440 MEDIA ETHICS WEEK ONE NOTES 115 morality and ethics morality something you derive from society 0 society s set of beliefs can be derived from institutions such as the Church the family ethics individual 0 individual s thinking about matters of right or wrong morality social norms and ethics individual sometimes conflict ethical decisions guidelines Aristotle s golden mean virtue is constituted of a range of behaviors that varies individuallyquot avoidance of extremes Kant s categorical imperative 0 one should act under the presumption that one s actions could become universal law Morality equals universal applicabilityquot o treat each individual as an end and never as merely a means to an end Evacuate human relationship of instrumentalityquot utilitarianism the greater good should precede individual gain 0 consequences of actions are important in deciding whether such actions are ethical pluralistic theory there is always more than one ethical value involved in any decision making process 0 William David Ross right v good 0 Right refers to actions undertaken by persons motivated by correct reasons after careful reflection 0 Good an objective if indefinable quality present in all acts It s something seen not done 0 Ross maintains that our ethical decisions are guided by 5 duties 0 Fidelity driven by implicitexplicit promise Reparation driven by need to address a previous wrong Gratitude driven by need to pay acts of others Justice driven by need to ensure equitable distribution of resources Beneficence driven by need to improve the lot of others who are less welloff than us