Ethics and Morals

Discuss the distinction between ethical egoism, the moral minimum, the moral maximum and supererogation as it relates to the following scenario: You are strolling in the park on a beautiful day and spot a child drowning in a lake. You cannot swim. What should/ could you do?

Discuss in light of the debate on neighbor love discussed in class. Address how benevolence, nonmaleficence, supererogation, self-interest, selflessness, altruism and egoism fit into the debate. Discuss the Johnson article and how it applies to the issue of selfishness and helping. 

 

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