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Put another way

Let's say I've got a friend (I do!) and this particular friend wants to have sex with a mentally unstable (but not dangerous) woman in a committed relationship. He persuades her to do so, and she betrays her boyfriend to have sex with this friend. This friend has no intention of an ongoing relationship with the woman - he just wants sex, and tells her so all along.

Obviously she's morally (or ethically, if you prefer) culpable for betraying a trust. Is the friend who had sex with her morally or ethically culpable for a wrong act, and if so - what?


Aug. 2nd, 2008 11:25 pm (UTC)
I had a professor in college that told me that his morals/ethics were measured by his ability (or inability) to tell his mother what actions he had taken. That is, if he would tell his mother what he had done, it was moral/ethical. If he wouldn't tell her, then it was immoral/ethical. I certainly don't measure my ethics this way, and I say the class was split nearly in half.

So, what if the girl would never tell her mother she'd cheated on her boyfriend, but the guy would have no problem telling his mom that he encouraged a girl to cheat on her boyfriend? Then she's being unethical and he isn't. Or what if she would have no problem telling her mother and he would never tell his mom this? Then he's the unethical one, and his morals stand.

Of course this is based on a professor's view of morality, with which I'm sure not everyone here would agree. So if we're all defining ethics differently, how can be possibly determine if his actions were right or wrong?


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