The Ring of Gyges

To prepare for this Discussion Question:
Read Chapters 3, 8, and 9 in the course text. Think about the similarities and differences between ethical egoism and virtue ethics presented.
 
Also read the Ring of Gyges located in the Learning Resources for this week. (The ring of Gyges myth appears in Plato’s The Republic.) Consider how you would behave if you possessed Gyges’s ring.
 
The Ring of Gyges
Would you ever run a red light while driving? If you said “no,” it might be because you do not want a ticket or to get hurt. Now consider this question again if you knew there could be no consequences for your actions. Would you still stop at the red light? Many people change their minds when given these new parameters. Some might argue that this implies that morality is a construct of rules that are based on fear of being punished. Consider what this might mean under the different theories you have explored so far.
For this Discussion, you read a myth about a magical ring. The man who finds the ring changes his behavior because of the new ability the ring gives him—the ability to become invisible. At the heart of this myth is moral motivation and the idea that even a just man will follow the unjust road if there are no consequences or no way to get caught. As you read the myth, consider whether humans act certain ways to avoid consequences or whether there is a sense of moral duty that regulates human behavior.
 
 
Thread 2: Spying
 
Post by Day 3, Write  1–2 paragraphs explaining whether your moral behavior would change if you had the ring of Gyges and it allowed you to spy on somebody without his or her knowledge or consent. Explain why this situation might change or tempt you to change your moral behavior. Include ethics-related terms in your post, and be sure to support your ideas by connecting them to the week’s Learning Resources. Practice APA style for your in-text citations.