Disclaimer >> this is for a university essay, so obviously I'm not asking for anyone to write my essay for me :)
There is a requirement in our degree we prove we are capable of grasping some ethical concepts but as I'm not actually a philosophy student I don't have the knowledge of how to optimise searching for reading material and insight. Plus it's hard to google for something when the terminology/jargon isn't there already!
(should note, we are being taught it all, but I'm the type to get started on these things early)
Anyways, I will be specifically writing a short essay on the implications of a 'humanitarian' worker (NGO, Engineers Without Borders, disaster relief, govt sponsored assistance etc.) paying into corruption - e.g. paying a bribe to facilitate what they may consider a 'greater' good. So far:
- I've learned very basic concepts about deontological ideals >> don't do it (?)
- I've learned about utilitarian ideals >> maybe do it ... it depends
- Also there was mention of 'act' vs. 'rule' utilitarians
Questions at least from my perspective have popped up re. basing our predictions of the future (that inform our actions now) being based on our knowledge of the past, all the while that knowing that the future is not the past.
But I ask >> what other ideas/ideals may be worthy of addressing?
Something obvious I'm missing?
Also any advice on (not too heavy and hopefully short) reading material?
Any advice greatly appreciated