What school of ethics would drive the commanding officer
(CO) to follow rules and procedures?
Objectivist ethics of self-interest
Aristotle’s virtue ethics
Question 2. Question
For the CO to think about what is best for all indicates
what kind of decision making?
An Aristotelian excess of the virtue
The duty of the situation
Question 3. Question
If the CO’s conscience was bothering him while making a
decision, reading up on what ethicist would have made him aware of his thinking
St. Thomas Aquinas
John Stuart Mill
Question 4. Question
For the CO to be excessively afraid of upsetting the carrier
air group commander displays what about his ethics?
Concern for outcomes only
Deficiency of the virtue of courage
Question 5. Question
The maxim “I uphold only the ethical view that all
rational beings ought uphold” follows _____.
An Aristotelian moderation of virtue
Kant’s categorical imperative in the first
Question 6. Question
The CO’s practice of moderation in not taking excessive
risks connects him with what concept of ethics?
Aquinas’ concept of conscience
Aquinas’ concept of natural ethics
Aristotle’s doctrine of the mean
Question 7. Question
When the CO seeks the utilitarian solution for his dilemma,
his reasoning follows what principle?
The greatest happiness principle
The leadership principle
The pleasure principle
The building of virtuous habits
7. Utilitarian Ethics
The key phrase best possible outcome is an ends-based
indicator of utilitarian ethics, acknowledging that there are some much worse
possible outcomes. The utilitarian
principle is that of greatest happiness for the greatest number.
Question 8. Question
If the CO fails to take action for the injured sailor’s
welfare because it might damage his professional reputation, what kind of
ethics is operating in the situation?
8. Ayn Rand’s Objectivism
The CO’s first, and possibly only, consideration is his own
self-interest for promotion of his career, even above the interests of the
injured sailor or the crew in general.
Question 9. Question
To speculate about “what would the crew want to happen
now” engages the CO in what ethics?
The virtue of compassion
Kant’s categorical imperative, second
Concern for his vulnerability to sin
Question 10. Question
A decision to ask the injured seaman what he wants to happen
is what kind of ethics?
The prudent mariner approach
The ethics of self-interest
The CO’s duty