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Moral Philosophy: Accountability, Responsibility, and Risk

"When a reporter makes a mistake in a magazine article, you can run a correction; but when a health care worker makes a mistake, someone can die."

Reflecting on this statement, should we hold people in certain professions to higher standards of legal accountability and responsibility?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of your position?

How is your response to these questions consistent with the moral philosophy of utilitarianism? Explain. If it is not consistent with that philosophy, explain why your philosophy has changed.

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Reflecting on this statement, should we hold people in certain professions to higher standards of legal accountability and responsibility?

Yes, we should hold them to higher standards of accountability. Some professions require individuals to take initiatives in certain situations and these initiatives may be associated with serious or frequent risks. Of course these jobs generally require more training and expertise and it is usually hard to be qualified for ...

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In about 300 words, this solution offers an opinion regarding whether certain professions should be held at higher standards of legal accountability when a mistake is made. Advantages and disadvantages of the position are given, along with how it fits or does not fit with utilitarianism.

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