Response: Week 8 Readings
Please choose ONE of the topics below. Express your opinion on the topic and explain the ethical system that leads you to your opinion and how it applies to the problem or question – utilitarianism, universalism, profit maximization, etc. Please be sure to put your name at the top of your response and indicate the question you are addressing. Minimum length — one double-spaced typed page/ approximately 250 words
Points Value: 10 points toward minor grade average
In the video clip in the CBS article “Dollar Stores and Food Deserts,” the Dollar Store employee points out healthy choices available in the store. In your opinion, is grocery shopping simply a matter of choice?
Tulsa, Oklahoma, and other cities, towns, and counties have adopted ordinances limiting the number of dollar stores in their area and/or dictating the distance between stores. Is this government intervention an unjust infringement on our free-market economy?
In “How Amazon Took Seattle’s Soul,” Tim Egan says that Amazon created a future for his city that its citizens “never had any say over.” Do you agree or disagree with his statement? In your opinion, has Seattle handled Amazon’s presence in a way that considers all the stakeholders involved? Ethically speaking, could Seattle have done a better job?
In “Microsoft Cannot Fix Seattle’s Housing Crisis,” Tammy Kim suggests a head tax as a solution to Seattle’s problems. Briefly describe the problem and Amazon’s response to it. What would a fair solution to the problem be?
Possible Systems to Apply to the Questions
Profit Maximization/Individualism Approach
Universalist/Categorical Imperative Approach
Rights/Rule of Law Approach
Golden Rule Approach
Might = Right Approach
Duty to Care Approach
Organization Ethic Approach
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