Public Ethics and Public Sneezing


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Public Ethics and Public Sneezing
In this paper I argue that the proposal is indeed ethically defensible, and is in fact as justified by the utilitarian ethical theory. I argue that therefore the proposal should be approved as it is stated.
In this situation, we are in fact trying to apply ethics to real life. Applied ethics is defined by Hoffmaster (1993) as a “philosophically based and motivated theory” (p. 369) about how “morally charged activities that occur on the front lines of health care delivery” (p. 368) ought to be analyzed and conducted. In short, applied ethics generally consists in taking a normative theory and attempting to apply it to a given practical situation, so that a moral decision can be made about it. While...
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.....he greatest number. While this proposal will violate some of the privacy rights of the students, it remains nevertheless the best course of action, in the circumstances.
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