Ethics and Morality
Doreen B. Jackson
1. How would Robert Coles respond to this quote?
Robert Coles might answer this quote by making us consider going from thinking to action, and using moral analysis to the fulfilling moral commitments. Moral conduct is not commensurate with moral reasoning although there is a correlation between a plan of action and moral reasoning. Students might learn of the moral code of ethics, but they are the ones required to make the commitment by studying and following them, therefore becoming a more ethical person.
My answer to the quote is, we as people make our own choices concerning our own actions. We are confronted with moral dilemmas that allow us to make those choices. When studying our daily living we show our morality by ...view middle of the document...
Morality can be stated or referenced but not adopted. Moral choices require deep thought and consideration. The so called evil persons do not have empathy or compassion which prompts a normal person to choose morally and ethically. Their morality and pleasure is in continuous opposition with each other.
3. If you were in Coles position, what would have been your response to the students concerns regarding the disconnect between ethics and education?
My response would be that our actions should be studied and comparisons made to consider whether we are making moral and ethical decisions as a result of our education or experiences. Are we learning how morality will ground us by aiding us in making the right choices.
4. Do you think that colleges have a moral obligation to help students become more ethical individuals? Why or why not?
Yes colleges have a moral obligation to help students become more ethical individuals because most college students attend college to become professional individuals and in that culture ethics must be observed and practiced or legal ramifications will follow.
5. If you were teaching a course in ethics what would be your major goals for the course?
For example in addition to exposing student to the major ethical theories of philosophy, would you also want to urge students to become more thoughtful and enlightened moral individuals?
Yes I would want the students to be more thoughtful enlightened moral individuals because without morality and ethics how would students realize their role as far as social responsibility, what is fair and just, why the earth should be made sustainable for future generations, or how life is precious which is why killing someone is not the way to solve problems.
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