Read the following prompt and then answer the question(s) at the end.
In answering, you should consider both your own view on the question AND what the ethical theories we’ve
studied thus far would indicate that we should think about the topic.
Also consider why other with different answers than your may
object to your reasoning and attempt to preemptively counter their objections.If you use any direct text from either the textbook or any external sources, be certain to quote that text properly
(MLA or APA formats are fine)Also, include references/citations for any works which influenced your thinking including the course texts.
Chris and Sonja went shopping to buy Christmas presents for their three sons; Mathew, Mark, and Luke. The loving parents always tried to treat their children equally. This year, they had budgeted to spend $100 on each of them. For once it looked as if their shopping would be trouble free, for they soon found what
they were looking for: handheld PlayGame game consoles for $100 each. Just as they were about to take three to the checkout, Chris noticed a special offer. If you bought two of the new, top of
the line, PlayGamePlusMax consoles at $150 each, then you would get an original PlayGame free. They could spend the same amount of money and get superior goods.
“We can’t do that,” said Sonja. “That would be unfair, since one of the boys would be getting less than the others.”
“But Sonja,” said Chris, excited at the thought of borrowing one of his sons‟ new toys, “how can it be unfair? This way none of them gets a worse gift than he would have done, and two of them get better. But if we dont take the offer, two of the kids are worse off than they would otherwise be.” “I want them all to be equal,” replied Sonja. “Even if it means making them worse off?”
So which of the two parents is being more ethical, and what would be the best thing for these parents to do in response to this dilemma?
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