Ethics On Research And Development
Thomas Huxley once wrote, ?Veracity is the heart of morality.? If this is the case, then the decisions to either pursue or abandon our pharmaceutical endeavors is contingent upon searching far and wide for answers and truth on the topic. The essential question at hand is as follows: does the possibility of great human gain (i.e. saving many lives), outweigh the certain death of many baby seals Although there are many arguments for and against this enterprise, a decision is imperative to the success of the corporation.
First and foremost, when arguing for the sake of this endeavor, we have to assume that the research of a skin cancer cure will in fact be successful. If we didn?t, and there was a contingency factor, we could never arrive at a conclusion. That being said, from a strictly utilitarian stance, the ?utility? would be maximized if we did follow through and continue with testing (assuming a cure was found). In other words, the most net happiness would be created if the seals were tested on and killed, thus fulfilling the greatest happiness principal. Furthermore, seals are not part of the moral
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