ETHICAL DILEMMA PAPER
Required ResourcesRead/review the following resources for this activity:
- “Medieval Period” (Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas)
Ethics is as old as civilization. The leaders of the earliest civilizations were lawgivers who codified ethics into systems of justice for the people who looked to them for leadership. From the very beginning of ethical discussion there has been an implied connection with the role of leadership.
Ancient ethics was involved with religion through the writings of saintly men, and that tie has never been entirely broken. To this day, the subject of ethics remains part of theological education and involves religious leaders with the issues of the day.
Conscience is a universal phenomenon that connects people beyond themselves to ethical expectations of unknown and uncertain source. While highly individualistic and self-condemning in action, the phenomenon of conscience crosses all boundaries of religion and culture.
- Minimum of 2 scholarly sources.
An airline pilot receives his regular medical checkup. The doctor discovers that he has developed a heart murmur. The pilot only has a month to go before he is eligible for retirement. The doctor knows this and wonders whether, under these unusual circumstances, she is justified in withholding information from the company regarding the pilot’s condition.
Address the following:
- Apply the ideas of “good vs. evil,” “wrong vs. right,” and “ought/should be vs. what is.”
- Determine the ways in which Augustine and Aquinas would have solved the problem. In what ways do Augustine and Aquinas differ and why?
Writing Requirements (APA format)
- Length: 2 pages (not including title page or references page)
- 1-inch margins
- Double spaced
- 12-point Times New Roman font
- Title page
- References page (minimum of 2 scholarly sources)