Moral valuses, cultural relativism, rights and virtue ethics
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Case Analysis #2
In this essay, we aim to analyze four cases and give an insight into the moral approach for each of the presented situations. To keep this article short, we will not write each case’s situation. Instead, we will refer to them by the numbers provided.
It is a rather anachronistic perspective to think that inventions themselves are immoral. That could indicate that a Frankenstein complex seeps in the Western society. Inventions are not immoral, their use might be, but we cannot say that automobiles, or printed press are. To answer the case presented, we will use the Aristotelian concept of eudaimonia. The Greek term means happiness and well-being (Gowans 1). In a strict sense, if technological advancements make unskilled workers lose their jobs, that is a consequence of technology and have to be regarded as such. To Aristotle, the greater good eclipses the individual good. In that way, inventions meant to alleviate manual labor are inherently good. If these machines contribute to well-being, they are not immoral, and the advocates of manual labor must understand that advancements have to be made in order to advance as a society.
In this case, we are in front of two colliding visions. On one hand, we have the moral response of an individual who wishes to maintain a position, although it might be discriminative. On the other, we have the ethical decision of allowi…
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