Suggestions for discussion:
Be sure to defend your conclusions.
- Lay out options, i.e., possible actions one might take in the
- What should be done--and why?
- Give moral arguments in favor of each option. (Consider
Kantian ethics, utilitarianism, and intuitive morality.)
- Defend each option from the moral point of view as the thing one
ethically should do.
- What variations in the situation would lead to different answers?
- Reply to (critique and improve upon) suggestions that others have
- See the Worksheet
Ethical Decision Making for further suggestions for ethical analysis
Disclaimer: I (Richard Lee) am not a chemist,
so these examples may not be realistic. In your discussion you may fill
out and even modify these examples, providing details as needed, in such a
way as to emphasize (not eliminate) the ethical worries that each is
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