Moral Dilemmas

Moral Dilemmas A moral or ethical dilemma is generally a complex situation, which mostly involves apparent mental conflict that exists between moral imperatives in case one obeys would transgress the other. In simple terms, a moral dilemma generally involves having to choose between two equally disagreeable things. All the options in this case are mostly unpleasant. Weston’s definition of such ethics has no definite reference to reason (Timmons 12). However, he feels it is a concern that has legitimate expectations and basic needs to others and to us. On the other hand, Shafer-Landau description of the aspect of moral realism entails a systematic defense of ideas, which tend to have objective moral standards. In stating about this problem, Russ Shafer-Landau argues that various moral principles tend to be effectively independently to how an individual perceives them.
Kant’s moral theory is slightly different especially how people perceive it. In defining moral dilemmas, the Kant moral theory is seen as deontological whereby a person’s actions are morally upright in terms of virtues of individual’s motives. In this case, they must derive from a certain duty than inclination (Timmons 27). The determination to act according to his/her duty mostly overcomes the self-interest evidence or the desire to do otherwise. Moreover, Kant argues the aspect of moral values of an individual’s actions with the fact that they only reside in maxim or formal principle. Alternatively, it explains about the general commitment of a person to engage in a certain act because it is his/her duty to do so (Timmons 35). This therefore means that, duty remains the necessity for a person to act out of vengeance for the law. Rigorous application of similar methods towards this reasoning would result in an equal success while dealing with moral philosophy problems. This therefore means that the eventual principle of morality must always be a moral law that happens abstractly and has the ability of guiding an individual towards a right action.
In as much as the Kant’s theory seems effective and applies to real life events, this theory of ethics has its own flaws and ineffectiveness when used literary (Timmons 32). Generally, the theory fails to tell people what they should do especially when their moral responsibilities are conflicting. Kant’s theory of ethics is entirely general especially on some of the common happening in terms of moral ethics and dilemmas. However, the theory is not detailed and effective enough to guide people on how to deal with their moral conflicts (Timmons 42).
In doing my service project, there were areas in the project, which were generally challenging and complex. I was unable to progress despite the extensive research on the project. Therefore, I felt that the best way to complete the service project was through cheating. However, in my mind, I was trying very hard to fight this moral conflict. Cheating to attain certain result is wrong (Timmons 46). Resolving this conflict in future will be easy especially with extended practice and research. Dealing with a moral conflict can be a challenging prospect if not well dealt with since it involves choosing between two equally disagreeable things and that all the options in this case are mostly unpleasant.
Work Cited
Timmons, Mark. Moral Theory: An Introduction. Washington DC: Rowman &amp. Littlefield Publishers2013. Print.