Volkswagen 's Behavior Will Be Analyzed Through Rule Utilitarianism And Kantian Ethics

858 Words Sep 24th, 2016 4 Pages
Volkswagen, a German automaker, is one of the largest automakers worldwide. One of the automaker’s senior engineers, James Robert Liang, pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud regulatory agencies and costumers by cheating in emissions tests. According to documentation provided by the court system, when Liang and other engineers realized that their diesel engine design would not adhere the U.S. emission standards, they created software to manipulate the results on the tests.
The company admitted to installing software that was used to deceive the emissions tests on more than 11 million of its vehicles. Liang could face up to 5 years in federal imprisonment and additionally he might have to pay a $250,000 dollar fine. Volkswagen’s behavior will be analyzed through rule utilitarianism and Kantian ethics. Rule utilitarianism states that an action is moral or right if it conforms to a rule that leads to the greatest good. On the contrary, Kantian ethics does not judge an action for its consequences, but on the purity if the will.
Kantian ethics was named after its introducer and popularized by Immanuel Kant. It is also known as Deontological ethics and duty ethics. This theory states that an act has moral value when the will is perfectly aligned with the duty. The will is described as a faculty that animates our bodily actions. A person’s will can be trained. A will is pure when it is aligned with duty when it acts against self-interest, moods, and appetites. Rational beings…

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