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4a. Duty - Community Volunteer

Duty

Community Volunteer – Jim

4. Dilemma

Duty. A community volunteer, Jim, at Semple high school looked at the duty roster for volunteers in the Physical Education Department. He recognized some of the mundane duties from his days in high school … clean up the equipment, store the equipment just to mention a few. Then he spotted a new ‘duty’ on the roster … assist the basket ball coach at home games. He said to himself, ‘That’s not a duty … I’d love to do that! Basket ball is my favourite game.

Discussion

  • What crooked thinking did Jim use?
  • What straight thinking did he use?
  • Discuss other situations where people use this kind of thinking.

You may want to discuss other dilemmas.

Consider this view: Doing one’s duty

  • Crooked thinking

Doing one’s duty applies only to what are considered objects of disinterest … what a person would rather not do.

  • Straight thinking
  • Doing one’s duty may or may not be an object of interest or disinterest. It may be one’s duty to pay taxes even though this is regarded as an object of disinterest by most taxpayers. On the other hand, it may be one’s duty to support the inter-scholastic sports program at school. A person might meet this duty by coaching a group of boys in basketball. It is possible that this may also be an object of interest for a coach.

Moral principle value tests

An application of the moral principle value tests probably illustrates most clearly what is entailed in evaluative reasoning. They are:

It is important to emphasize that the moral-value principle tests are not designed to resolve issues (guarantee right answers!) but to assess the ‘justification’ for moral value decisions.

To view the Dilemma from the perspective of Duty, Rights, Motives, Desert and Justice, click on the following:

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