Paper 2


Deontology: The Freeloaders

The Plot

You and a friend are excited to be visiting a free exhibit at a museum. As you are exploring, you overhear a tour guide explaining fascinating details about the artifacts. You saw at the entrance that this tour required a fee to participate, which you did not pay, but you are very interested in hearing what the tour guide is saying.

The Question

Using what you know about Deontology, explain what you should do. Be sure to include the Categorical Imperative you are relying on in your decision, as your explanation of the Categorical Imperative will be a significant part of your grade.


Deontology: The Gunpoint Dilemma

The Plot

On 7 January 2015, a cartoonist returned to her place of empoyment after picking up her daughter from daycare. Two gunment threatened to shoot her daughter if she did not enter the passcode allowing them access to the magazine offices. She did, and twelve people were murdered in and around the Charlie Hebdo office that day.

The Question

Using what you know about Deontology, condemn or defend her choice. Be sure to include the Categorical Imperative you are relying on in your decision, as your explanation of the Categorical Imperative will be a significant part of your grade.


Deontology: Stealing Food

The Plot

Dalene Bowden was fired from her Idaho Middle School December 2015 because she gave lunch to a student. Read the following article for more information.

Washington Post Article

She was later asked to return to her job after a social media uproar, but not all cafeteria workers dismissed for what districts call stealing food were so lucky. Here is an article about another woman fired for giving food to elementary studetns unable to pay for their lunches.

Washington Post Article 2

The Question

Using what you know about Deontology, should districts fire employees who do not abide by cafeteria policies? Be sure to include the Categorical Imperative you are relying on in your decision, as your explanation of the Categorical Imperative will be a significant part of your grade.