Choose one ethical dilemma from each group
Group A: A newspaper columnist signs a contract with a
newspaper chain. Several months later she is offered a position
with another newspaper chain at a higher salary. Because she
would prefer making more money, she notifies the first chain that
she is breaking her contract. The courts will decide the legality of
her action. But what of the morality? Did the columnist behave
An airline pilot goes for his regular medical checkup. The doctor
discovers that he has developed a heart murmur. The pilot only
has a month to go before he is eligible for retirement. The doctor
know this and wonders whether, under these unusual
circumstances, she is justified in withholding the information about
the pilot’s condition.
Group B: An office worker had a record of frequent absence. He
used all his vacation and sick leave days and frequently requested
additional leave without pay. His supervisor and co-workers
expressed great frustration because his absenteeism caused
bottlenecks in paperwork, created low morale in the office, and
required others to do his work in addition to their own. On the other
hand, he felt he was entitled to take his earned time and additional
time off without pay. Was he right?
Rhonda enjoys socializing with fellow employees at work, but their
discussion usually consists of gossiping about other people,
including several of her friends. At first Rhonda feels
uncomfortable talking in this way about people she is close to, but
then she decided it does no real harm and she feels no remorse
for joining in.
Please wait until at least Thursday to begin working on this
assignment so you can include the information we are learning in the
threads and in our readings in your thought processes.
Parameters for writing this paper: 1. Answer the questions raised in the problems above. You will
have two separate sections to your paper, one on each separate
question in your chosen group. You do not have to write an "English
class" style paper this week. Answer each problem separately. 2. While writing your answers, incorporate the ideas of "good vs.
evil," "wrong vs. right," and "ought/should be vs. what is." 3. Explain in your answer to each problem how Augustine and
Aquinas would have solved the problem based on what we learned
about each here in the materials and course, and if they differ, why? 4. Your two sets of answers should be about two pages, double