This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

The Movie “Blood Work” Deontological And Utilitarian Analysis

2174 words - 9 pages

When we analyze the movie, Blood Work, simultaneously while taking into regard both Deontological and Utilitarian points of view, we notice a complex behavior in all characters involved, especially Terry McCaleb. The main character, Terry McCaleb, has the most complex behavior of all as he has the tendency to jump the fine border between Deontology and Utilitarianism multiple times back and forth.
Throughout the entire movie, McCaleb faces multiple Deontological dilemmas but the biggest and most important of all of them is his decision to self-sacrifice for the good of others. He makes a selfless decision which could have very well cost him his life. We need to take under consideration ...view middle of the document...

He notices a child in a room with his father by his bed-side and immediately starts to wonder why the child had not received the heart instead of him. This is a highly moral, gallant way of thinking and falls right in line with the basic Deontological principle of following the Categorical Imperative. According to Kant, “the moral worth of an action is determined by one’s motive and not by the consequences of the action.” (Pg.354 A Biography of Immanuel Kant)
In his case, McCaleb thought that the child in need of a transplant deserved the new heart more than he. The underlined consequences of such thinking meant that he would have not survived without receiving the transplant. The categorical imperative states that “an action should be “Universalizable” and the personal policy (maxim) on which our action is based must be one that we could consistently will that all persons follow” (Pg. 354 a Biography of Immanuel Kant) McCaleb’s way of thinking was a noble one and it can be “Universalizable”. This would mean that any individual could apply McCaleb’s way of thinking and achieve the same good will results.
Next, we see McCaleb talking to the sister of the heart donor who was suffering in grief of her murdered sibling. She approaches McCaleb and demands that he should be the one looking for her sister’s killer since McCaleb now has her sister’s heart beating inside his chest. McCaleb feels a sense of duty and starts to apply his talents that he had developed while working with the FBI to look for the killer of his heart donor. There are two factors in this paragraph that are to be considered as Deontological concepts. The first one is McCaleb acting out of a sense of duty from good will. Kant says that “a good will is not of what it affects or accomplishes to attain some proposed end but only because of its volition that it is good in itself and is regarded for itself…., if it should yet achieve nothing and only the good were left,….. it would still shine by itself in something that has it’s full worth in itself.” (Pg.355 Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant)
Even if McCaleb were to not find the murderer, lose health, time and money on the way, the core intention of his actions would still stand out as noble and shine by itself.
The second factor is, McCaleb acting out of duty towards his own self. If we are to think of McCaleb as a former FBI agent, it means that he has a set of skills and talents that are superior to a normal everyday civilian. This factor adds a second Deontological point to this part of the movie. McCaleb would have not been asked to take part in such search of the unknown if he was a baker or a painter. At the time that he was approached by the victim’s sister, he was living comfortably in his boat nursing to his medical recovery. The victim’s sister brings up his talents during their initial conversation as a mere fact in order to convince him to take the case. McCaleb acknowledges his talents and we...

Other assignments on The Movie “Blood Work” Deontological And Utilitarian Analysis

Week 3 Case Study You Tube, The Internet And The Future Of Movie

733 words - 3 pages system for a new employee effective and efficient self-service solution. Name the software solution in the customer’s case The software solution in the customer’s case is Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012. Microsoft Dynamics is said to be a line of integrated, adaptable business management solutions that helps companies make business decisions with greater confidence. The project team learned about the Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 and decided to work

Five Forces And The Value Chain Analysis

1868 words - 8 pages Number words in essay:1755 'LAGENFURT PUB' Five forces and the Value chain analysis. Abstract The purpose of this essay is to present business decisions and strategies through analysing external environment and internal competencies based on Michael Porter's Five force and Value chain models. The Fife force model include: threat of entry, threat of substitutes, power of buyers, power of suppliers, competitive rivalry

Analysis Of The Ways Of Speaking And Other Cognitive Behaviors Of The Patients Of Broca's Aphasia And Wernicke's Aphasia

4654 words - 19 pages Analysis of the Ways of Speaking and Other Cognitive Behaviors of the Patients of Broca's Aphasia and Wernicke's Aphasia. An Empirical Study Submitted in Partial Fulfillments of the Requirement for the Course: Sociolinguistics and Psycholinguistics of the Masters of Arts In the Department of English Language and Literature Jatiya Kabi Kazi Nazrul Islam University

An Analysis Of The Choice Between Separated And Mixed Operation Model For Icbc( London)

9211 words - 37 pages An analysis of the choice between separated and mixed operation model for ICBC( London) Abstract: Since the fifth wave of Merge and Acquisition in the 1990s, the global banking industries have developed towards the direction of large-scale, international and omnipotent banks. The mixed operation of the commercial banks had already been the leading trend in the 21st century. With China’s entrance into WTO at the end of last century, the

An Analysis Of The Characters Of Hamlet, Laertes And Fortinbras From William Shakespeare’S Hamlet

1467 words - 6 pages Angela Romero 1226344 English IX Tim Keppel An analysis of the characters of Hamlet, Laertes and Fortinbras from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, revenge is the central topic, which breathes life into the play. As his main objective in life, Hamlet craves to avenge his father’s death, the king of Denmark, betrayed and killed by his own brother. Throughout the play, Hamlet comes across two other main

Types Of Ethics

968 words - 4 pages Abstract Normative ethics is a component of ethics that explores the criteria of what is right and what is wrong. It involves the creation of moral rules that affect our actions, those of larger groups and life in general. As it explores how basic moral standards are created and justified, the generated answers fall within certain categories. This paper will explore and contrast three types: virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontological

Ethics Essay

919 words - 4 pages utilitarianism ethical theory figures out which action is more morally correct and incorrect based on the result of an action. The deontological ethical theory is a principle or rulebook which is used to guide a person and help a person to find out which action is morally correct and incorrect. An illustration of how these three theories work is when a consumer is given back more change than he or she was suppose to be given. The two options the consumer has

Three Ethical Approaches Based On Virtue, Duty And Consequence

2724 words - 11 pages lose the confidence of investors, workers and customers. Why should anyone invest in a fund or company if it appears that its managers condone phony accounting or insider trading? Why patronize a casino known to give worse odds than others on the same gambling strip, unless it is “the only game in town”? If I have a choice, why work for or buy from a company that is known not to treat its workers fairly? Duty (Deontological) Ethics The most

Blood For Sale

1262 words - 6 pages is quite obvious that we will act from a rational perspective rather than from an emotional one. This theory is certainly ambiguous to some extent. The utilitarian holds a dual-fold view. Presenting the basic concept of utilitarianism, he says that if a person sells blood to a patient, then it is not unethical or immoral because the action yields positive and good results in the favor of the well-being of the patient. Some of their other ideas

A Competitor Firm Has Outsourced Its Production Abroad. You Could Do The Same. You Are The Major Employer In The Town Where You Are Located. You Have To Decide Whether Also To Outsource Your...

2065 words - 9 pages emissions from the vehicles used. Therefore if I were to take a utilitarian approach to the question of whether to outsource my labour I would choose to outsource. This is due to the weighing up of the positives, negatives and total over all benefit of the choice to move to all the stakeholders as a whole. Kantian: Deontology Deontological theories are theories that believe that there are some acts which will always be wrong even if they produce

Ethcal Issues

436 words - 2 pages An Example of Ethical Analysis Consider the following case example of an ethical dilemma [Yuthas and Dillard(1999)]: Granger Stokes, managing partner of the venture capital firm of Halston and Stokes, was dissatisfied with the top management of PrimeDrive, a manufacturer of computer disk drives. Halston and Stokes had invested $20 million in PrimeDrive, and the return on their investment had been below par for several years. In a tense meeting

Similar Documents

The Ford Pinto Case From A Utilitarian And Deontological Perspective

885 words - 4 pages the importance of all the other consequences. Under utilitarian ethics, Ford acted in a morally corrupt manner. From a Deontological perspective Deontology, in contrast with utilitarianism, tries to judge the morality of an action by it’s adherence to sound ethical rules, and it’s considerations of others’ rights. It considers not only the outcome, but also the intention of an act. According to Immanuel Kant, the only way to exhibit

Compare The Similarities And Differences Between Virtue Theory, Utilitarianism, And Deontological Ethics

665 words - 3 pages deontological ethics. I will do this by analyzing these ethical theories and by describing them along with presenting the facts on how each theory relates to ethics and morality. It will also include a personal experience to explain the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as they relate to one of the three theories. We have all been faced with the circumstances that have pushed our moral boundaries. Virtue ethics refers more

The Cause And Effect Blood Donation

1324 words - 6 pages THE CAUSE AND EFFECT OF ADVERTIZING FOR BLOOD DONATION Meskerem B. Alemu ENG 115 ENGLISH COMPOSITIONS STRAYER UNIVERSITY Cathy G.Para April 25, 2013 Introduction Donating blood is one of a voluntary and interesting people they can doing at the minimum age of starting from 15 and above, and especially the youngest people involved in voluntary activities, it takes just a few time and noting affect by any donor person health

The Power Of Influence And Team Work

5372 words - 22 pages THE POWER OF INFLUENCE AND TEAM-WORK IN A MULTI-LEVEL MARKETING ORGANIZATION INTRODUCTION: In the world of business there are many different approaches taken in order to influence the sale. Some businesses take the big box store approach selling and advertising their merchandise through a larger entity such as a Wal-Mart, Home Depot or Best Buy. Some take an exclusive approach selling their merchandise only through exclusive retailors