Essay heading: 16 Blocks: Jacks Ethical Dilemma

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It is moral because there was no concern about the consequences of that action. The categorical imperative is applicable. Kantís famous statement of this duty is "Act only according to that maxim by which you can at the same time will that it should become a universal law." If all Police Officers acted as Jack did then the world will be safer because his action was morally right and could be willed to become a universal law of conduct...
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Jack dealt with this situation by giving incorrect numbers of hostages. He also began to record his last will and testament because he believed he was about to die. The utililitarian approach is applicable here. This approach suggests that ethical actions are those that provide the greatest balance of good over evil...
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