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Convenient Ethics: Picking and Choosing One's Morality

Abstract

Ethics is the branch of philosophy that dictates how people should act based on certain moral principles. Debates have raged for millennia over what these principles are and why we should behave in accordance with them. This uncertainty over ethics has led authors to come to different, sometimes incompatible, conclusions. Does an action’s result determine its morality? Or is morality determined by an agent’s intent? To address these questions, I draw on my experience as a member of Whitman’s Ethics Bowl team. As a team, we utilize a variety of ethical frameworks to answer difficult questions. My presentation will examine these methods, questioning the ethics of picking and choosing one’s morality.

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Patrick Frierson

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Ethical Considerations

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Reid G02

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Oral Presentation

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Convenient Ethics: Picking and Choosing One's Morality

Reid G02

Ethics is the branch of philosophy that dictates how people should act based on certain moral principles. Debates have raged for millennia over what these principles are and why we should behave in accordance with them. This uncertainty over ethics has led authors to come to different, sometimes incompatible, conclusions. Does an action’s result determine its morality? Or is morality determined by an agent’s intent? To address these questions, I draw on my experience as a member of Whitman’s Ethics Bowl team. As a team, we utilize a variety of ethical frameworks to answer difficult questions. My presentation will examine these methods, questioning the ethics of picking and choosing one’s morality.

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