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Ethics Session Five

Note the addition of "lecture notes" in the header of the course syllabus: http://davis.foulger.info/oswego/Fall2002/CommunicationEthics/index.htm


Index card assignment due Tuesday: Name two things you love to do and two things you hate to do.
Groups should be talking about the headlines you came up with selecting one that seems to present an ethical problem within the groups area of interest: public relations, broadcasting, or interpersonal communication.
Some notions of the fundamental principles of ethical conduct:
  1. Justice (Rawls)
  2. Love (Gilligan)
  3. The greatest good for the greatest number (Mill)
  4. Enlightened self-interest (Hobbes)
  5. Success of community (More)
  6. Success of individual (Thoreau)

Some notions of how we evaluate ethics:

  1. deontology - duty
  2. Teleology - purpose expressed in reaching partular ends
  3. Empirically - rational assessment of what works

Ethics arises from communities of practice. We live in multiple communities of practice, including

Ethics arises from thinking about being ethical

A third dialectic: Thought and action.

In every action there is:

Some dimensions of ethics

Some analytical tensions:


Ethics as Duty and Virtue

Leslie, p. 25-33, p. 119-122

Anderson and Englehart, 29-30, 38-41



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