Ethics in Engineering

Kant and Mill have different positions on whether it is morally permissible to tell a falsehood. Kant argues that is never permissible to tell a lie, because one has a perfect duty to others to be truthful. Therefore, lying violates the moral law because it cannot, as a rule, be made into a universal law that everyone else could follow

By contrast, Mill can at least envision the possibility that telling a falsehood could have the best consequences, in cases where the most happiness for the most people is the outcome. Although a rule utilitarian might say that the rule against lying is, in general, the best kind of moral rule that promotes utility, still one might think of cases where lying has morally good outcomes. In this reading assignment, think of an example/case study as an engineering student confronting an ethical dilemma whether you should lie or not, based on the contrasting views of Kant and Mill on the moral permissibility of such an act. Describe in some detail the ethical dilemma whether she should tell a falsehood, and then use material from both Kant and Mill’s readings to show what the moral options are in that dilemma, as well as how you would resolve it.




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