Topics: Immanuel Kant, Philosophy, Ethics Pages: 2 (573 words) Published: October 22, 2013


Submitted by: ILESH GHEVARIYA (89)

1. The Golden Rule- Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.  Yes, corny as hell, but it works.  If you make a decision and think of yourself as suffering the potential outcome; it will often help to make a wiser and more considerate and ethical decision. EXAMPLE: if you are using a pirated software then think being in shoes of a person who has developed that software. All of his hard work is going in vein and he is getting nothing from you.

2. Immanuel Kant’s Categorical Imperative- Yes, take a note from a philosopher.  If a action is not right for everyone, then it is not right for anyone.  A bit idealistic and unrealistic for most scenarios; but hey, it might keep you from EXAMPLE: While using pirated software if you think that it doesn’t make any difference to developer’s income but, you think that if everyone started using pirated software then developer will get nothing from his software and then no one will develop any software because there is no income from that, which ultimately hurts the world as a whole…

3. Descartes’ Rule of Change- Principle that states that is an action cannot be taken repeatedly, then it is not right to be taken at any time.  Yes, another philosopher, how grand life is.  Of course this should not surprise us considering that morality is one of the major areas of study of philosophy. EXAMPLE: if you are downloading songs from unauthorized sites for free and you think that let me do it once next time I will download it from authorized sites. Thus you think that doing this repeatedly is unethical then doing it once is also unethical.

4. Utilitarian Principle- This is where one takes the action that achieves the...
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