Ethics, Moral, And Ethics In The Quiz Show

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The Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical movie that retells the story of how fame and money can change a person’s strong moral foundation and ethics. Without a solid foundation a person is able to change their morals and values in order to get a better hold of something they want. The strong foundation that a person would need would be their ethics that are essentially what oversee their behaviors toward things. Temptation and drive to prove something or be like someone are also other factors that can change a person’s ethical values. In the Quiz Show, Charles van Doren, a member of America’s great literary families and a Columbia University instructor, is invited to star on the 1950’s NBC show Twenty One after one of the producer’s spots…show more content…
He was a character that sort of followed Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative where a person cannot be used as a means to an end. In other words, a person should not be used in order to achieve something else, such as higher rating like the producers and TV network wanted. This was apparent in the film when he was questioned by the producers after they had invited him to be one of the contestants on the show. In that scene, the producers, who had previously had asked him about his family background and job, bring up the offer of him being on the show and winning over Herbert, the current winning contestant who is in on the cheating conspiracy, by being given the answers. This offer then has Charles reevaluating his morals and ethics, especially after the producers offer to pay him a large amount of money to play in the show and just answer all the questions, which he will be given the answers to, right. A part of Charles’ true moral values shows as he rejects the offer. But when he finally goes on the show he is stuck choosing whether he should say the right answer that he had already known beforehand or say a wrong answer to once again reject the producers’ offer. Though it takes a while he does say the right answer, causing Stempel, who answered wrong in return for being on a different show, to lose. Charles choosing to…show more content…
Utilitarians believe that the moral worth of an action is determined solely by its contribution to overall utility, otherwise known as the Greatest Happiness theory. Most people now would be considered to be utilitarian because many believe that something could be morally right if it gives good results a greater amount of people. A modern parallel to the attitude of utilitarianism are

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