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My primary moral philosophy is Act Deontology. I feel very strongly about the sanctity of individual human rights, and I believe every human deserves respect regardless of their position in life. I am not a Rule Deontologist because I don’t believe you can make a rule which covers everything.
It is more difficult for me to determine my secondary moral philosophy. I do believe in being careful about the consequences but I don’t believe it is ok to hurt a small group in order to benefit a larger one so I’m not a Utilitarian. I might be a Virtue Ethicist, I do believe there are certain virtues such as honesty and loyalty which should play a role in making ethical choices.
But I think I would have to say that my fallback ethical position would be Distributive Justice. I feel very strongly that everyone should be equal and receive equal treatment in all things.
In my job, I will use both of these philosophies in several ways. Act Deontology will be my moral compass which I will use to decide whether my business actions are ethical or unethical. I will also make sure my actions and decisions are such that I would be willing to let everyone in the company act in the same way. My input into the companies decision making process would involve my evaluation of the specific situation, and whether it was ethical or unethical. Also, and perhaps most importantly, I would be aware of whether individual rights were being violated. I would stand up for not only my own rights but the rights of others whether they are students, faculty, staff or administrators.
Distributive justice would govern my relationships with those I work for and with. With all decisions made by the university or by the School of Business I would evaluate the fairness to all affected. It also would govern my behavior in the classroom. For example I have a very strict, internal rule which says that I don’t do anything for one student that I don’t do for all. If one student has a grade average of 79 and I give them a B, then all students with a 79 average get a B. I either open up a quiz and let the whole class re-take it, or I don’t open it up at all.