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Personal Ethical Philosophy: When making a decision that will affect others, you ought to act in honesty and fairness, be reliable, and be respectful. It is no secret that the way you act can affect those around you, so when doing anything that involves actions that will affect those around you whether it be at work, school, out shopping, etc. be truthful, reasonable, trustworthy, and respectful so that your actions do not negatively affect your surrounding peers. My ethical philosophy encompasses virtue ethics and social contract theory. I chose this philosophy because I would like others to take into consideration how their actions could affect me, so I will do the same. 

John Doe: In the scenario of John Doe, his actions would be deemed immoral with my personal ethical philosophy. John was acted immorally because he was either not aware of or did not care enough to think about how his actions would have affected the author, publisher, and other related to books and their financials. His acts are also immoral because he knows that his religion forbids him from using the app in the manner that he has but he did it anyway which is disrespectful to his religion and against my personal ethical philosophy. 

How would the veil of ignorance or a different theory of justice address John Doe's case?

According to our lesson this week, the veil of ignorance is “…that one should judge policies without knowing who one might be in society in which the policy was implemented” (Chamberlain University, 2020, para. 1). Huang, Greene, & Bazerman (2019) state that this experiment is supposed to help people in real life think openly and neutrally about the organization of societies principles. The veil of ignorance in relation to John’s case you cannot determine if what he is doing is truly fair because he knows his status and why he is using it and he knows other people of the same status use the software as well. With the veil of ignorance its unknown how John’s actions would be perceived because even not knowing about yourself, you will still have a concept of good. 


Chamberlain University. (2020). Week 8 lesson: Wrapping up! 

Huang, K., Greene, J., Bazerman, M. (2019). Veil-of-ignorance reasoning favors the greater good. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 116 (48), 23989-23995.

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