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Formulating an argument to support your position

It is snowing. Two people drive home from work in opposite directions down country roads. Both slide in the snow, and run off the road. The first person, when she slides, runs into a mailbox. The other person runs into a child.

Assume that both drivers weren't impaired in any way (e.g., not drunk, not distracted, etc.).

(A) Are both drivers' actions equally morally excusable? Why or why not?

(B) Construct an argument to support your position on the case.

(C) Reflect on what your answers in (A) and (B) reveal about the value of intent in determining the moral worth of a given action.

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Both drivers are equally morally excusable because the intent of both the drivers was not wrong. Further, both of them were not impaired in any way. Thus, it was by mere chance or circumstances beyond the control of both these drivers that one of them ran into a mailbox and other one ...

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It is snowing. Two people drive home from work in opposite directions down country roads. Both slide in the snow, and run off the road. The first person, when she slides, runs into a mailbox. The other person runs into a child.

Assume that both drivers weren't impaired in any way (e.g., not drunk, not distracted, etc.).

(A) Are both drivers' actions equally morally excusable? Why or why not?

(B) Construct an argument to support your position on the case.

(C) Reflect on what your answers in (A) and (B) reveal about the value of intent in determining the moral worth of a given action.

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