Your Preference for Different Ways of Making Ethical Decisions

Ethical Decision Making Guide

Rate each of the following statements on a scale of 1-10, with 1 being “I do not agree” and 10 being “I fully agree.”
Your preference for different ways of making ethical decisions (i.e., your favored “approach") will be ranked from highest to lowest by the computer.
You must rank all statements for the test to work out correctly.
If you cannot determine how “attracted” you are to a particular sentence, enter a 5 for a neutral ranking.
Upon completion, you will then receive information and feedback based on the “moral theory” you most prefer.
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Ethical Approach 1

1. An act is right if I have a good reason for doing it
2. I always know when something is wrong because it goes against what I believe to be right
3. I trust myself to know when a decision I make is actually good, even when a lot of other people disagree with me
4. I have my own standards that help me decide what is right and what is wrong
5. It's OK to know a lot of theories about what is right, but in the end you still have to do what you personally believe is right, even if you can't describe in words why it is

Ethical Approach 2

6. It's the right thing to do if good things are likely to come from my decision
7. If you want to know what to do in any given situation you have to imagine what the outcome will be and then decide accordingly
8. What you intended your decision to do doesn't matter; it's the effects that count
9. If the consequences of a decision I make turn out good, then my decision was a good one
10. If I were to get rewarded or praised for my action, then it's the right thing to do

Ethical Approach 3

11. I think a good act is when someone benefits more from what you do for them than it costs you to do it
12. What I do can only be said to be good if it actually makes someone else's situation a little better without making mine worse
13. Before I do anything for someone else, I always give some thought to how it will affect my own life
14. Certain considerations are much more important than others, such as animal testing that may find cures to human diseases
15. What is right is based on a calculation about what the decision will cost, for whom, what the rewards will be, and who will receive them

Ethical Approach 4

16. Different cultures have different ways of deciding what is right
17. I learned right from wrong in the country I was born in, and I still believe the same today even though it's different in the country where I now live
18. Our country has the correct understanding of what is the right thing for us to do in a given situation, no matter what other countries may say
19. My religion or belief system has the only accurate perspective on what's right and wrong
20. It's wrong to go against my country's laws and traditions


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