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A married couple, both addicted to drugs, is unable to care for their infant daughter. She is taken from them by court order and placed in a foster home. The years pass. She comes to regard her foster parents as her real parents. They love her as they would their own daughter. When the child is 9 years old, the natural parents, rehabilitated from drugs, begin court action to regain custody. The case is decided in their favor. The child is returned to them, against her will. Do ethics support the law in this case? Discuss
Consequentiality normative principles require that we first tally both the good and bad consequences of an action. Second, we then determine whether the total good consequences outweigh the total bad consequences. If the good consequences are greater, then the action is morally proper. If the bad consequences are greater, then the action is morally improper.
According to Aristotle, it is not an easy task to find the perfect mean between extreme character traits. In fact, we need assistance from our reason to do this especially when you have both parents addicted to drugs.
Deontological theories according to agent-centered theories, we each have both permissions and obligations that give us reasons for action. Thus, an agent-relative obligation is an obligation for a particular agent to take some action and because it is agent-relative, the obligation does not necessarily give anyone else a reason to support that action. When you have both parents, it is commonly thought to have such special obligations to their child, obligations not shared by everyone else. A relative consent absence of obligation is a permission to do some act even though... [continues]
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