Sexist vs Misanthrope
The following journal will express how ethics theories take place into people personalities and thoughts. It focuses in a social dilemma about a misanthrope and a sexiest living their normal lives, and how they are influenced by their judgments in the decision making process. First of all, Harold, as a misanthrope person dislike people in general, no mattering gender, age, race, social preferences, etc. He does not treat people differently, therefore he does not discriminate.
In a business environment, he would hire any person for a specific vacancy if the candidate meets the needed qualifications. Also, Harold recognizes his misanthropy problem and he is constant with his thoughts. On the other hand, Lou Bishop is a person who has a very sociable life, who can be involved with every type of person. However, he affirms that modern women should not be able to reach a high business position; he argues that women are not capable to handle a position like that one. In other words, Lou is good citizen but with a sexiest point of view.
The subsequent dilemma opens a debate about who follow the ethic theories more accurately and who subtracts more rather than adding to the sum of total of human happiness. Meetings Dates: Wednesday 12th March Fully Attendance Topics discussed: Analysis of the dilemma, points of views of each team member, discussion of the dilemma. Saturday 15th March Fully Attendance Topics discussed: Analysing the information provided by each team member and discuss the different theories that the team will use to defend Harold, understanding Harold’s and Lou’s pros and cons.
Monday 17th March Fully Attendance Topics discussed: Discuss bullet points to be presented in the debate, organise the sequence of the debate and practice. Topics that the group had studied: Normative theories of Ethics •Consequentialist theories: Individualism and Utilitarianism //Carla Non-consequentialist theories •Kant’s Theories: Good will, the categorical imperative Kant in an organisation // Joanna and Hector •Ross // Hector •Virtue Theory // Carla Hybrid Theories •Ruggiero: Obligation, Ideal, Effect // Joanna •Solomon: 3 ‘C’s of business // Daniel
•Shaw, Barry & Sansbury: logic, facts, moral principles // Daniel Topics chosen to argue in the debate: Non-Consequentialist theories, Open the debate by Joanna: Act only according to that maxim whereby you can, at the same time, will that it should become a universal law. (Immanuel Kant, 1785). Kant considered the “right” superior to the “good”; to him, the “good” was morally irrelevant. The fact that Harold does not like being surrounded by other people does not mean that he is acting immorally in his personal and professional life.
He prefers to be by himself and he does not disrespect the society for a purpose. According to the Non-Consequentialist theory he is acting with morality and avoids discrimination he is constant in his thoughts and treats everyone the same. Ross Theories (Prima Facie Duty), by Carla: As a team we believe that 3 of the Ross duties suit Harold’s personality for example duty of justice which focuses on ‘’distributing the goods fairly among others’’. Harold gives same opportunities to everyone.
For him, women have the same capacity than any other person; he does not discriminate and make fair decisions. Duty of self-improvement: at the time he knew he had a problem he was conscious about what he has to improve as a person, he takes managerial decisions to benefit others even though he was a Misanthrope. Duty of not injury others: all his colleagues know about his personality. Although not everyone is threated in the best manner they know that Harold has nothing personal against him. Virtue Theory, Daniel: Honesty and Courage are 2 of the 6 virtues of this theory.
First of all, honesty is a value that Harold features by knowing that he has a psychological problem and by letting his colleagues know. Courage helps Harold to face his personal and professional life to help him Kant duty of ethics, Close the debate by Hector: 1 moral decision-making: he decides to avoid people because he is aware that he is a misanthrope. 2 Humanistic dimensions into business decisions: another person does not influence him no matter gender, race, age etc. , he would hired the best qualified person for a job.3 Importance of motivation: in business, threating everyone with equity will bring more motivation in the team people would know that any person could get to managerial position by hard work. Conclusion In conclusion of the presented dilemma, it can be said that Harold is the one who subtracts less amount of happiness from the world. He gives everyone the same opportunity in the professional environment; in contrast with Lou who would not do so, because of his belief that women are inferior than men, and should not be involved with business at all and stay at home.
According to Kant? s theories, ‘right’ is superior than ‘good’ and Harold does the right thing non-discriminating. Although Harold does not treat people in the best way, he does not because he holds something personal against them but because he dislikes people in general, however he accepts that he has a problem and treats everybody equally. This dilemma is based in the Non-consequentialist theories presented above, that argue that Harold is better than Lou.