Taiwan's Sun Moon Lake Case Study

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The case being studied is Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake. With its increased tourism, businesses are becoming more interested in profiting from the popularity of the lake. The issue here is that tourism leads to more development even in the more delicate, natural areas. With that said, is it okay to continue building to meet tourism demands, or are there other factors at stake? First we need to look at the stakeholders. In the case of Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake there are multiple stakeholders. The primary stakeholders are the locals, environmentalists and business owners. These Taiwanese locals have a long history with this lake, its personal meaning, and the beauty and refuge that it offers. The locals have given multiple …show more content…
This theory is named after German philosopher Emmanuel Kant, who believed our actions ought to be guided by moral rules that were universal. He said that when making ethical decisions people should focus on their dutifulness, or what they should do, rather than what they want to do. A Kantian believes that good will is the only thing that can be called good or right without qualification. If we wish to take a Kantian approach to the case of Sun Moon Lake we must look at the intentions of the actions being made. The companies are intending to continue developing the lake in hopes of making more money. The fact that they have violated codes for building and disposing of waste shows that they have no intention of trying to preserve the beauty and health of the location. It is important to define a clear moral rule that is relevant to the case. In our case, the rule being tested is as follows:
“Hotel companies may continue to develop natural locations to keep up with increasing tourism, regardless of the negative consequences brought to the
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In the Sun Moon Lake case, although people are not directly being used as a means to an end, their land and their sacred spot are being used without their consent. Companies have come in to their homeland and started to develop an area in hopes of increasing tourism. The companies will not feel the negative consequences that the locals will in the form of traffic, pollution, and the destruction of an important location. In this way, the people of Taiwan are indirectly being used as a means to an end through the use of their resources without

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