are given a case, then given some questions you must answer in your paper. Try to keep your answers focused. When you evaluate, try to anticipate possible objections and try to account for them. This will make your paper and your arguments better.
Your paper should be 1500 words in length.
The Case: This is an actual case handled by former Senator John Edwards and his law partner. The events are taken from his book, Four Trails, by Senator Edwards, Simon & Schuster, New York, New York, 2004.
On June 24th 1993 a five year old girl named, Valerie Lakey, suffered serious life changing injuries while swimming in a wading pool. The pool’s drain cover had fallen off and poor Valerie sat down on the open pool drain. As a result, the suction of the pool drain had torn out 80 percent of Valerie’s small intestine and 50 percent of her large intestine. When her family lawyer investigated this accident he discovered that the manufacturer of the pool drain cover, Sta-Rite Industries were aware of the problem with the drain covers. The drain cover was equipped with snaps to hold it in place, when in fact it needed screws to hold i in place. The company knew about this situation and even had some embossed warnings on some of the drains covers, just not this one.
The writing assignment:
Kant’s second formulation of the categorical imperative commands us to treat people (ourselves included) as “ends in themselves” and never merely as a means. What does Kant mean by this? What does the Kantian stakeholder theory of moral responsibility hold? Would such a theory help prevent incidents like this on that happened to Valerie? Would such a theory actually work to improve corporation’s profits? Or at times does it seem that the rights of stakeholder groups actually come in conflict on occasion?