Aristotelian Virtue Ethics Case Study

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1) According to Aristotelian virtue ethics, the use of this nootropic drug can be considered morally right. Firstly in the perspective of college students, in the pursuit of happiness, or in their case success, this cognitive drug is nothing to scoff at. It allows them to perform at their personal best which will eventually result in their happiness or having a good life, a value of eudaimonism. This is especially true since there are no side effects that would cause said good life to take a wrong turn. Also, using deontology, one can say that with respect to improving one’s mental condition or intelligence we are supplementing out duty to self-improvement. One can say that if we are enrolled in university or an educational program, we have …show more content…
It happens that that nephew has hit his head and is about to die. At that point, Smith is presented with two choices: letting his nephew die or take him to a hospital for medical treatment. In this case, Smith lets him be to die. With respects to the trolleyology paper, what Smith did was possibly not the soundest decision. One of the two choices, letting the nephew die, gave the most benefit to him. However, this did not account for the pain the nephew’s death would bring for others (i.e. his mother and other loved ones). In fact, letting the nephew die would likely lead to an overall negative outcome with only Smith as a beneficiary. If the choice was given to a morally right person, he or she would choose the option that would provide the most benefit and the least amount of pain to everyone. Thus, taking the option of taking the nephew to the hospital would bring the least pain and be the moral thing to …show more content…
Seeing his nephew in the bath, he can either dunk his head in the water and kill, or leave him alone. Jones picks the former option. This case is quite different from Smith’s as Jones is directly killing his nephew instead of letting him be. In the trolleyology paper, one is subject to the choice of letting one person or many people die. One is tasked with deciding which is the lesser of two negative results. However, with Jones, that is not the case at all. Despite his intent to gain the inheritance being the same, the action he takes disregards the overall bad that would come and prioritizes his immediate pleasure. If one were to compare Smith and Jones’ choice with the trolleyology paper, they would essentially be making the decision to kill the larger number of people over killing just

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