What experiences and expectations do you bring to the study of ethics?

What experiences and expectations do you bring to the study of ethics?  What did you expect when you signed up for this course and first cracked the covers of this book? Are you going to find ethics challenging and inviting in ways you didn’t expect? What hopes and fears do you bring to this new study?

What events in your life were occasions for ethical learning?  What did you learn?  What made learning possible?  How do you think you have changed, morally speaking?  How do you expect to change in the future? (from Weston, page 22) need to be

Assignment 2

This week in assignment 2 we learn about common pitfalls that keep us from engaging in ethics. Weston calls these “ethical short-circuits.” The ethical short-circuits include:

  • flying by instinct
  • offhand self-justification (which include egoism)
  • dogmatism
  • relativism (ethics and diversity)
  • moral disengagement (who needs ethics?)

These are practices that we’re all guilty of from time to time. After reading Chapter 2, please do the following:

Answer the following questions in at least one double-space full paragraph, full page: Which ethical short-circuit do you think that you are most guilty of? Why do you think this is? What might you do to avoid this ethical short-circuit?

Week 2 Discussion

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