Ethical dilemmas occur when there are two or more ethical principles that you hold that conflict in a certain situation.
Ethical dilemmas occur when there are two or more ethical principles that you hold that conflict in a certain situation. Below is a list of some commonly held ethical principles and some situation where they could conflict. Match the situation with the two (or more) conflicting principles.
- Do not lie.
- Do not cheat on an exam, homework, etc.
- Do not steal.
- Do not hurt/kill others.
- Be polite and respectful.
- Family comes first.
- Be a good friend.
- Obey your parents, your boss and others in power.
- Protect yourself, your family, your country.
- Spend your money, time, etc. wisely.
_______ a. Your parents expect you to do well in school, but economics just doesn’t make any sense to you regardless of how hard you study.
_______ b. Someone physically threatens you.
_______ c. Your friend has a new dress – a horrible choice. She asks you how she looks.
_______ d. Your boss wants to enter a new market. Although you agree, the numbers just don’t look good. He asks you to suppress some of the bad numbers in your presentation.
_______ e. Your sister calls you at work. She has just had a messy break-up with her boyfriend and really needs to talk to you.
_______ f. A telemarketer calls and you just can’t seem to get them to leave you alone. You know you either have to buy something or just hang up the phone on them.
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