By E. S. Quade

A survey meant for army officials and others accustomed to yet no longer good versed within the means of platforms research. to teach an introductory instance of the best classification of procedure research, the writer examines an issue taken with the alternative of a next-generation air security missile. This particularly slim program is then contrasted with the a lot broader and extra complicated challenge of designing a complete air-defense method to guard the us from harm. so much of this Memorandum includes a dialogue of 4 levels or steps taken with approach research: formula of the matter, look for the correct info, rationalization (building a version and exploring its consequences), and interpretation (deriving the conclusions). The Memorandum concludes with a quick dialogue of the alterations in army platforms research that experience happened prior to now few years.

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Are there such absolutes? ” In theory, every person might be able to hear the voice of God directly, in which case presumably everyone would hear the same general moral commands, or at least ones that were logically consistent. But religious believers often disagree amongst themselves, not only between religions but within the same religious tradition, on how one comes to know 15 CHAPTER 1 those commands and what they specifically require. And of course individuals can be mistaken about what God might be saying to them directly: Today we know that some of those errors can be due to wishful thinking, perceptual biases, schizophrenia, mind-altering drugs, and so forth.

Sound ethical reasoning sometimes entails hard intellectual work to research relevant facts and probabilities, to identify which prima facie duties are at stake and to determine whether an ethical argument satisfies the canons of logic. And converting ethical reasoning to action may require courage to oppose powerful countervailing social, organizational, economic, or political pressures. 21 CHAPTER 1 In some situations, when sufficient time is available before a decision must be made, people of integrity will need to draw upon all of those traits and skills.

20 AN INTRODUCTION TO ETHICAL REASONING Mindful of those factors, then, could it be ethical to speed when you’re running late? Well, there’s a deontological obligation to respect laws created by legitimate governments, so speeding would violate that prima facie duty. And the aretaic concept of integrity doesn’t condone our making an arbitrary exception for ourselves just for our convenience. So in most cases, our relevant prima facie ethical obligations will tend overall to forbid speeding. However, that general prohibition might well be overridden in some cases, for example, if you needed to transport a pregnant woman in labor or a seriously injured accident victim to the hospital.

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