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  • Applied ethics

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Is it ethical to make — and play — war games?

  • Is it ethical to spend one’s evenings or weekends pretending to shoot people?

  • Is there a difference between watching simulated killing (film) and doing the simulated killing (games)?

  • Calculate the possible net pleasure produced by the game Sniper Elite 5

  • Consider Kant’s categorical imperative: do you have a duty to not play games that involve simulated killing?

  • Considering Aristotle’s claim that virtues and vices are like skills, habits or dispositions of character: what virtues or vices could repeated simulated killing lead to?

  • Would these be limited to virtual realities (could an insensitivity to killing in a simulated reality lead to insensitivity to killing in the real world?)

Jack Robertson, Queen Elizabeth’s School Barnet

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