Question One

• Define “virtue ethics.” Define “moral character”. Use only our textbook to find these definitions.
• Describe ways in which students “cheat” in school. Why is cheating so common? Think hard about this – discuss not just

short-cuts to success, but also negative attitudes of students towards school, particular subjects, professors, etc.

Distinguish between reasons and rationalizations. (Note: you will know a lot about this topic, even if you have never or

seldom cheated. It’s part of the culture.)
• How does a habit of cheating (a vice) developed in school incline a person to cheat in other areas of life? What are some

of the many ways in which people in business cheat? Name at least 10. Cheating on taxes is common, too, as well as cheating

(infidelity) in marriages and committed relationships. Don’t stop there.
• The net result is that a person’s moral character is degraded. Discuss. How is a person with this vice worse off than a

person with little or no inclination to cheat? How is such a person less free? Why is such a person less appealing to others?
• The habit of cheating is a vice; what is the corresponding virtue? Describe a few of the circumstances likely to help us

acquire, maintain and enhance this virtue in ourselves, and to promote its development in others. Think big here – what

circumstances, relationships, pastimes, jobs, political systems, etc. move people in the direction of developing morally good

character?

Question Two

Revisit your group case, as well as the ‘big picture’ material. Each case has at its center a major moral dilemma, problem,

or moral catastrophe. How might individuals associated with the situation have prevented or lessened the problem by “giving

voice to values” at some point in the process. Review materials on the Babson webpage

http://www.babson.edu/Academics/teaching-research/gvv/Pages/home.aspx and the University of Texas Ethics Unwrapped videos

http://ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu/ to give depth to your essay.

Question Three

• We began the class by watching the video Tapped. Rewatch the film. The film’s website http://www.tappedthemovie.com/ will

suggest where to go to see the movie — Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and other places on the internet.

• Show that you understand how each of the five ethical theories could be related to the claim: “Under ordinary

circumstances, people who have access to clean tap water ought not buy bottled water, and should discourage its

indiscriminate use by others”

• If you prefer, base your essay on The House I Live In. The film makers contend that the War on Drugs, especially as “waged”

since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, has diminished social utility, violated the rights of some individuals,

promoted racial and class injustice etc. You are encouraged to disagree in whole or in part with the arguments made by the

film makers – you must only establish that you understand the message of the film, and are very familiar with the ethical

theories.

**Note: you must closely study your text book to answer these questions. Your answers should not be long, but they should be

precise.

Business Ethics
Spring 2014
Final Assignment

You must attend the final exam session scheduled for your class.
•    Saection C
Prepare the answers to the following three questions and bring them with you to the final exam session. Your paper must be

double spaced, with your name and section (A or B or C) on each page. Number the pages.

Question One

•    Define “virtue ethics.” Define “moral character”. Use only our textbook to find these definitions.
•    Describe ways in which students “cheat” in school. Why is cheating so common? Think hard about this – discuss not

just short-cuts to success, but also negative attitudes of students towards school, particular subjects, professors, etc.

Distinguish between reasons and rationalizations. (Note: you will know a lot about this topic, even if you have never or

seldom cheated. It’s part of the culture.)
•    How does a habit of cheating (a vice) developed in school incline a person to cheat in other areas of life? What are

some of the many ways in which people in business cheat? Name at least 10.  Cheating on taxes is common, too, as well as

cheating (infidelity) in marriages and committed relationships. Don’t stop there.
•    The net result is that a person’s moral character is degraded. Discuss. How is a person with this vice worse off than

a person with little or no inclination to cheat? How is such a person less free? Why is such a person less appealing to

others?
•    The habit of cheating is a vice; what is the corresponding virtue? Describe a few of the circumstances likely to help

us acquire, maintain and enhance this virtue in ourselves, and to promote its development in others.  Think big here – what

circumstances, relationships, pastimes, jobs, political systems, etc. move people in the direction of developing morally good

character?

Question Two

Revisit your group case, as well as the ‘big picture’ material. Each case has at its center a major moral dilemma, problem,

or moral catastrophe. How might individuals associated with the situation have prevented or lessened the problem by “giving

voice to values” at some point in the process. Review materials on the Babson webpage

http://www.babson.edu/Academics/teaching-research/gvv/Pages/home.aspxand the University of Texas Ethics Unwrapped videos

http://ethicsunwrapped.utexas.edu/to give depth to your essay.

Question Three

•    We began the class by watching the video Tapped. Rewatch the film. The film’s website http://www.tappedthemovie.com/

will suggest where to go to see the movie –  Netflix, YouTube, Amazon and other places on the internet.

•    Show that you understandhow each of the five ethical theoriescould be related to the claim:“Under ordinary

circumstances, people who have access to clean tap water ought not buy bottled water, and should discourage its

indiscriminate use by others”

•    If you prefer, base your essay on The House I Live In. The film makers contend that the War on Drugs, especially as

“waged” since the Reagan administration in the 1980s, has diminished social utility, violated the rights of some individuals,

promoted racial and class injustice etc. You are encouraged to disagree in whole or in part with the arguments made by the

film makers – you must only establish that you understand the message of the film, and are very familiar with the ethical

theories.

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