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Writing Sample on EK #1g

Discussion in 'MCAT: Medical College Admissions Test' started by hayden, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. hayden

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    From EK exam 1g, one of the writing sample statements is "One shold always tell the truth." What kind of specific situations would you use to refute this statement? Situations in which you shouldn't tell the truth...
     
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    A standard reply would be the utilitarian response to Kantian ethics. One example is the inquiring murderer. A murderer arrives at your door looking for a friend of yours who's hiding in your house. If you tell the truth, your friend will be murdered, but if you lie, the murderer will move on.

    Another example is bearing false witness. If you could save the lives of hundreds by incarcerating an innocent man, one could argue you should do so.

    I'm sure there are more examples, but 1 of these should suffice for the essay.
     
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    yeah, i was thinking of an example like the murderer one, didn't know if that was just too obvious and they might look for something else, but as long as it supports the arguement, i guess its good to go
     

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