Regina (Queen) v. Dudley and Stephens

1. Would a person who adheres to a strict utilitarian principle of ethics consider it ethical for Dudley and Stephens to do what they did in this case? Why? Would a person who is a strict deontologist consider it ethical for Dudley and Stephens to do what they did in this case? Why? 2. Do you agree with the court’s decision in the Queen v. Dudley and Stephens case? Why or why not? What is your ethical construct? Is your opinion on the court’s decision in the Stephens v. Dudley case consistent with your ethical construct (based on your results on the survey)? I am neutral. My personal opinion is to wait for the boy to die since he is weaker and then I would eat him. But I wouldn’t kill him. As soon as I do the survey will let you know the result. 3. The Queen eventually commuted to the death sentence to a six month prison term. Given this fact, should judges ever have the power to look beyond the written “letter of the law” in making their decisions? Why or why not?

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