Research Papers on Ethics

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  • Ethical Case Study; Is It Ethical for an Employee to Use Work Time for a Personal Projects?

    This 9 page paper discusses the ethics concerning an IT professional who has used the slack time at work to write a program for personal use. The program is to identify undervalued stocks on the stock market so that the employee can purchase them. The employee has made personal gains. The paper looks at the situation from a range of ethical perspectives including consequentialism, deontological theories and principilism to determine whether the employee has acted ethically or unethically. The bibliography cites 7 sources.

  • Media Ethics Case Study Analysis

    This 5 page paper evaluates a case study on media ethics. Bibliography lists 3 sources.


    This 8-page paper focuses on the ethics behind the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Business Ethics: Tiffany and Co.

    This is a 7 page paper that provides an overview of different approaches to business ethics. The example of Tiffany and Co. is invoked to show the ethical ambiguities inherent in real life situations. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • An Ethical Exploration

    This 7 page paper looks at a case study in ethics and provides solutions. The case study involves the ethics of the office romance. Ethics are also discussed and defined in a general sense in another part of the paper. Ancient Greek philosophy is discussed. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Issues of Partnership and Scientific Integrity

    This 6 page paper examines a case study in ethics as it respects scientific research and national security. The paper evaluates the case study and also discusses limitations in research and national security in general. The McCarthy era is referenced. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Auditor Ethics in the Case of ZZZZ Best

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of auditor ethics. The case study of ZZZZ Best is looked at in light of auditor independence. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Law and Ethics

    This 5 page paper tackles three legal questions. One pertains to legal perternalism, another to sexual harassment and finally, the topic of assisting third world countries in cleaning up the environment is addressed. Both sides of each issue are explored. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Physician Reported Syphilis and Ethics

    5 pages in length. The moral obligation Jeff's doctor is compelled to uphold falls under support of deontological ethics, a theory that espouses one's moral duty in any given situation. As a physician, he is torn between his purported duty to warn and the obligation to protect doctor/patient confidentiality; however, the moment Jeff's actions caused other people to become unwitting victims of his indiscretion, the deontological obligation overruled any professional accountability the doctor may have had. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Medical Issues in Euthanasia

    This 3 page paper discusses how the rule of “do no harm” applies in cases where a patient asks the doctor to help them die. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Violating Nursing Protocol

    6 pages in length. There is a reason why nurses must wait for and abide by doctors' orders when it comes to the administration of medications; to ignore the chart's state dosage, the nurse compromises the fundamental basis of ethics that provides the foundation upon which medical professionals operate. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Deciding Who Lives and Who Dies

    A 5 page essay that relates to an assignment scenario that presents an ethical dilemma, in which a committee must decide on which one of four candidates in renal failure should be given the opportunity to live, as this decision would allow that individual access to the "famous kidney machine," which can filter their blood, allowing life to continue despite kidney failure. There is only one vacancy on the machine's current use schedule and the committee has to consider four candidates who have been recommended by the facility's doctors. Each of the candidates has an aspect of his or her personality and life situation that recommends that individual as the ideal candidate. The writer also argues against the ethics of this scenario as both unethical and immoral. No bibliography is provided.

  • The Ethical Issues Involved With Assisted Suicide

    This 5 page report discusses various ethical issues associated with assisted suicide. The debate has generally centered around both the moral and legal issues of the process. The central argument for assisted suicide is based on respect for the patients' autonomy. The main argument against assisted suicide is the belief in the inherent sacredness of life and that God only has the right to end one's life. The ethical questions surrounding the care of terminally ill patients often focus on when treatment should be withheld or withdrawn. A case study regarding a paralyzed but mentally competent adult, African-American man and a severely disabled newborn is also considered. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Assisted Suicide and Quality of Life

    A 5 page paper which argues for the right to have an assisted suicide. The paper focuses on ethics and the quality of life. Bibliography lists 1 source.

  • Assisted Suicide Arguments Both For and Against

    This 5 page paper plus 1 page outline looks at the arguments for and against assisted suicide. The thesis of the paper is that that, whilst it is important to have as many safeguards as possible to ensure that assisted suicide is used correctly, the availability of assisted suicide in controlled condition may be seen as adding value to human life rather than devaluing life. In this way it may reduce suffering and increase the value that is placed on the quality as well as quantity of human life. The bibliography cites 6 sources.

  • Examining Suicide from a Fresh Perspective

    This 7 page paper takes a look at the ethics of suicide and whether or not the public has a moral responsibility to stop it. Individual rights are held high in this thoughtful look at a controversial topic. The ideas of Hume and Szasz are included. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Conflict Progresses into Cyber Mediation

    This 7 page paper explores cyber mediation as the alternative to face to face conflict resolution. It looks at the main arguments of impersonalization, security, and access. The bibliography lists 8 references.

  • Ethics Pornography Cyberspace

    This 8 page paper reviews the literature to determine the answers for three critical questions regarding the regulation of pornography on the Internet, texting, and other realms of cyberspace. Bibliography lists 15 sources.

  • Cyber-Crime Prevention: The Ethical Considerations

    This is a 12 page paper that provides an overview of the ethics of cyber-crime prevention. Ethical concerns are expressed at both the organizational and federal level. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Assisted Suicide - Taking a Contrary View

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of assisted suicide. Reasons both moral and medical are presented to support its condemnation. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide: The Legal and Ethical Dimensions

    This is a 9 page paper that provides an overview of euthanasia and assisted suicide. Drawing upon several sources, a distinction is drawn between palliative treatment and outright administration of lethal drugs. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Legal and Ethical Views on Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

    In three pages this paper expresses the writer’s beliefs about euthanasia and its justification, considers euthanasia within the context of “special populations,” and discusses physician-assisted suicide law in the writer’s home state of Washington. Four sources are listed in the bibliography.

  • Apple and Their Ethical Position

    This 8 page paper looks at Apple to assess whether or not the firm may be seen as ethical when considered in the context of the suicides at the supplier firm Foxconn. The issues are outlined and then the way the events and firms response is considered in the context of business ethics and ethical theory. The bibliography cites 11 sources.

  • Ethical Theories and Dr. Death

    This 4 page paper argues that the ethical theory of altruism is the best way to explain the suicides presided over by Dr. Kevorkian. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Plato's Views on the Ethics of Healthcare

    17 pages in length. The writer discusses Platonic philosophy as it pertains to abortion, animal research, euthanasia/suicide and withholding information from terminally ill patients. Bibliography lists 12 sources.

  • Euthanasia According to John Stuart Mill and Immanuel Kant

    This 5 page paper provides an overview of the central views of Kant and Mill as they apply to perspectives on euthanasia, also known as assisted suicide. This paper considers the ethical reasons behind the use of euthanasia as they are defined by an understanding of Kant's Critique of Practical Reason and Mill's Utilitarianism. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Last Wish by Betty Rollin

    A 5 page summation and analysis of Betty Rollin's book 'Last Wish.' This book offers a narrative that relates the evolution of her mother's illness, from the diagnosis of cancer through to her assisted suicide. Rollin makes an eloquent argument to support the actions of herself and her family in supporting her mother actions. No additional sources cited.

  • Euthanasia

    A 9 page research paper that examines the ethical issues associated with the issue of euthanasia, which are frequently addressed in contemporary society due to the fact that modern medical innovation has made it possible to prolong life in situations where, in previous eras, death would have been swift and inevitable. As this suggests, euthanasia debates are often associated with the discussions of the legality and morality of physician-assisted suicide. The following discussion of the ethics of euthanasia will consider both sides of this debate, pro and con, as well as how this issue can be regarded from various ethical perspectives, with a particular emphasis on Australian experience and law. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Ethical Theories and Norma Rae

    A paper which looks at the film Norma Rae from the perspective of various ethical theories, including utilitarianism, consequentialism and Kant's deontology.

  • Ethical Treatment of Patients and the 1975 Film One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    This 5 page paper relates the fact that One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is a perfect example of how NOT to treat patients. The 1975 film addressed the issue of mental illness and the medical community's response. Though the conditions and patient treatment outlined in the film might have been standard practice in the 1960s, they are no longer acceptable methods of addressing mental illness or creating positive patient care. Bibliography lists 6 sources.

  • Wildlife and the Impact of Urbanization

    This is a 10 page paper discussing the history, context, management and philosophies behind the problem of urbanization and its impact on wildlife. Urbanization has resulted in a large negative impact on wildlife in addition in regards to the flora and fauna communities. Within the last 300 years in the U.S., deforestation for urban or agricultural use has fragmented wildlife populations through urban sprawl, linear land use (such as roads and power lands) small and large agricultural land plots in addition to the introduction of exotic plants and animals which have an impact on native plants and animals. Agricultural use and urbanization in addition to being the demise of some species also causes the shift in native plants and animals in certain areas; shifts which tend to allow for the proliferation of some species often at the expense of others. Preservation and conservation efforts within the U.S. are primarily the result of the ethics and philosophies as promoted by Aldo Leopold who called for ecological considerations in regards to any urban planning. Preservation methods today focus mainly on restraining urban sprawl through the promotion of inner city renewal, the purchase of undeveloped land for preservation, promotion of mass transit through railways and fewer roads, and set growth boundaries around urban areas. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Literature Review, Scientific and Ethics Research

    This 20-page paper evaluates the problems of ethics in scientific research. Issues discussed include misconduct (such as fabricating, falsifying and plagerism) as well as the tie between corporate funding and scientific research. The paper is mainly a literature review of the topic. Bibliography lists 20 sources.

  • New York Times Co. v. United States

    This 13 page paper discusses the 1971 "Pentagon Papers" case that was argued before the Supreme Court, which found that the Times could publish classified documents pertaining to the Administration's misleading of the American public with regard to the situation in Vietnam. The paper discusses what this means for journalists today; includes a brief literature review. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • A Utilitarian Approach to Sports

    This 4 page paper is an essay about the application of the ethical theory of Utilitarianism and the Deterrence theory as applied by a student determined to win a place on the team and a basketball scholarship. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Sports Gambling and the Ethical and Moral Concerns It Arouses

    This 5 page paper examines gambling in sports and how it hurts the integrity of the game. Gambling addiction is discussed as well. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Raising Moral Youth

    A 3 page paper which examines how today’s youth can combat negative moral influences through such involvement as church, education and sports, and volunteering. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Managing Finances and Ethics

    This 7 page paper examines ethics when it comes to financial management. This is discussed on both a personal and corporate level. Examples are given from different industries such as sports, medicine and the public sector. Bibliography lists 10 sources.

  • Nurse's Views on Euthanasia

    An 8 page discussion of the ethics of euthanasia as it impacts the nursing profession. This paper contends that in some situations euthanasia could be considered morally and ethically right. At the same time, however, the author cautions that the appropriateness of euthanasia must be considered on a case by case basis. Bibliography lists sources.

  • Nursing's Philosophical Issues

    This 9 page paper delves into ethical issues in medical science. Several aspects of nursing care are discussed inclusive of the DNR order and medication errors. Several ideologies are included and discussed as they relate to the field of nursing. Bibliography lists 3 sources.

  • Stem Cell Research and Nursing

    A 4 page overview of the many considerations entailed by stem cell research. The author contends that nurses are caught up in the issues of stem cell research not only as spectators but also as intermediaries between the world of scientific research and the general public. Nurses have the ethical responsibility to not only understand the ethical and scientific consequences of such research but also to be able to interpret these consequences to their patients. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Nursing and the Value of Honesty

    An 8 page discussion of the importance of honesty as a value in nursing. Using the example of informed consent, the author demonstrates that honesty is a particularly important value in meeting up to the Canadian Code of Ethics for Registered Nurses. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Nursing Homes and Ethical Issues

    5 pages in length. In today's world of nursing home care, the level of abuse and neglect has reached an all-time high. The commonality of such unacceptable treatment has called for myriad legal intervention as a means by which to re-evaluate health reform; however, such inhumane activity continues in spite of these measures. The most frustrating aspect of nursing home care is the fact that the patients themselves are often incapable of reporting such treatment, rendering them victims in the ongoing breakdown of America's health care system. Bibliography lists 5 sources.

  • Ethics In Counseling Psychology

    7 pages in length. Maintaining ethical fortitude in counseling psychology serves as the foundation of any reputable therapist; without a fundamental basis of ethics, the pledge one takes to help those in crisis holds no credibility. Ethical codes, principles and standards exist to guide counselors throughout their careers so they can readily maintain both a sound and reliable reputation within the industry. The absence of such moral directives would leave far too much decision-making to the interpretive options of each individual. Bibliography lists 4 sources.

  • Nursing Ethics

    A 10 page paper examining the applicability of the philosophies of Kant, Mill and Rawls for decision-making in nursing. Today's nurses face decisions and situations that were not technologically possible only a few years ago, and they are called on to make decisions in realms that were barely considered a generation ago and did not exist earlier in the last century. The old (and some still living) philosophers provide a framework in which to approach decision-making and emerge with sound, ethical and moral decisions even though the specific situation at hand may appear to be quite thorny. Though any specific situation is likely to be complex, the old philosophers can help to illuminate the proper decision path. Bibliography lists 8 sources.

  • Answers To Therapy Questions

    This 5 page paper provides four essays on specific questions related to psychology. This paper relates answers to questions about various therapy and personality development approaches, as well as research on obedience. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Personal Ethics and Their Importance in Psychology

    This is a 3 page paper that provides an overview of ethics in psychology. Experimental design and personal obligations are examined. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • The Clash of Parents and Medical Professionals in 'Baby Owens'

    A 4 page examination of the ethics and law surrounding an infant diagnoses with Downs Syndrome and duodenal atresia. The baby needed medical intervention to survive. The baby's parents, however, refused treatment on the basis of their religious beliefs. The parents were Jehovas' Witnesses and believed that medical interventions such as blood transfusions were prohibited by the Bible itself. Bibliography lists 2 sources.

  • Burning CDs/Ethical Issues

    A 3 page research paper/essay that analyzes the ethical issues involved in downloading music illegally from the Internet or burning an illegal copy of a CD obtained from a friend. Utilitarian and deontological positions are discussed. Bibliography lists 4 sources.


    This 3-page paper examines the ethics of downloading music from a peer-to-peer arrangement, similar to Napster. Bibliography lists 2 sources.


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