Let’s think for a moment about the terms right and wrong. Are these terms defined the same way across cultures? How do the ethical theories apply to the right and wrong of activities related to white collar crime? Chapter 2 of the text, pages 43–73, covers normative ethics theories: Kantian, Utilitarian, Consequentialist, and Non-consequentialist.
- Choose one of the following articles and apply each of the ethical theories to the right or wrong of the activities involved.
- Be sure to respond to at least one of your classmates’ posts below
I chose the actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli in the college admissions scandal. Like most celebrities that get caught in scandals have the best lawyers to help get them out of the impossible and I am sure it is because of their celebrity status that their able to do so. We4 live in a world where people believe in “its not wat you know, it’s who you know.
I would say that philosopher Kant would agree that people should do the right thing. However. Lori and her husband choose to do the wrong thing. I believe everything in life is a choice and they made a choice knowing the possible consequences if they were to get caught, which they did.
Utilitarian, they didn’t seem to care much about what they actually did but were concerned with winning the case, reducing time sentenced and treated each court appearance like an event showing what many would say “their true colors.
Consequentiality, they knew that it was wrong to commit fraud and even went as far as to photoshop pictures of their daughter to help create the perfect student. They must have thought because parents are sometimes willing to go above and beyond for their kids that cheating would be justified.
Non-consequentiality, they took no responsibility for their role in the scandal.