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Hypothetical question from a Utilitarian and Kantian perpective?

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You are a surgeon in a major hospital. A important person come in the Emergency room and it appears she will die unless she receives a heart transplant within the next hour. As fate would have it, a few rooms down the hall a young homeless woman  has a heart  that would be a perfect match. The homeless women has late-stage pancreatic cancer and will probably die within six months. What should you do?

Apr 20th, 2015

I would abide by Kantian perspective which calls for fairness and justice.  In this case, it is fair and just that a homeless woman has the same right to live as an important person.  Just because someone is important , he/she should not have preferential  treatment over a homeless person.  Although it is utilitarian to provide homeless person's heart to the important person to extend important person's life, it is not ethical and morally not the right thing to do.

Apr 20th, 2015

Thank you, Can you explain  Kantian and Utilitarian?

Apr 20th, 2015

According  to Kantian perspective all actions should be based on the principle of fairness and justice.  Utilitarian principle goes by actions based on practicality of an approach or practical value of an action.  For example, in this case, to save an important person's life is practical because the society may benefit if this important person is kept alive.

Hope this helps.

Niru

Apr 20th, 2015

Thanks, Just trying to find the right tone for the logic of the  argument in a Essay. You are more than welcome to add ideas to help..... Thank you, once again!

Apr 20th, 2015

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