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Before answering the question What are the principles of ethical decision making we must first understand what ethics is Merriam-Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines ethics as fallows the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation Ethic Good and bad moral duty how is one to know whether what they believe to be good bad or moral to be what everyone else will see it as If followed the 10 Rules for Ethical Decision Making will answer the question whether your actions will be viewed as ethical or unethical Knowing whether your decision is ethical is only half the answer one must have a reason for choosing the ethical path The Top Ten Reasons to Live a Life of Integrity should help with this When making a choice the question Is this ethical should always be asked To help answer this The 10 Rules of Ethical Decision Making should be followed The rules are as follows 1 The 60 minutes rule 2 The no one will know rule 3 The abdominal dissonance rule 4 The only-this-once rule 5 The alter ego rule 6 The Nazi rule 7 The trust me rule 8 The long run rule 9 The self-esteem rule 10 The golden rule 10 Rules If these rules are fallowed these rules will keep someone from committing an unethical act Perhaps the most effective way to make an ethical decision is to use reflective equilibrium or the decisional balance approach Clause 280 This method requires a review gains v losses In reviewing if the profits out weigh the losses then the risk should be taken but if the losses out weigh gains then the risk should not be taken In my case I did not fallow all of these rules To be honest I did not think of any of them Specifically I violated rules 1 2 4 5 and 8 The 60 minutes rule
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