Who Are You - Universalist Or Particularist?

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Who Are You - Universalist Or Particularist?

Below are a number of paired statements (a. And b. ). Check the one which best describes the action you would take or the way you feel about the particular topic. Please choose one or the other even if you think both are true. Try to be as honest as you can by answering quickly and without too much thinking


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Hiring
    • A. 

      In hiring someone, I want to know about his or her technical skills and educational/professional background.

    • B. 

      In hiring, I want to know who the person’s family and friends are, who will vouch for this person.

  • 2. 
    Help
    • A. 

      In society, we should help those who are the neediest.

    • B. 

      In society, we should help the neediest of those who depend on us.

  • 3. 
    Speeding ticket
    • A. 

      I would be very hurt if my neighbor, a policeman, gave me a ticket for speeding.

    • B. 

      I would not expect my neighbor, the policeman, to jeopardize his job and not give me a speeding ticket.

  • 4. 
    Court
    • A. 

      The courts should mediate conflicts.

    • B. 

      People should solve their own conflicts; it’s embarrassing if people have to go to court.

  • 5. 
    Trust
    • A. 

      In general, people can be trusted.

    • B. 

      My closest associates can be trusted absolutely; everyone else is automatically suspect.

  • 6. 
    Performance reviews
    • A. 

      Performance reviews should not take personal feelings into account.

    • B. 

      Performance reviews inevitably take personal feelings into account.

  • 7. 
    Exceptions?
    • A. 

      You often have to make exceptions for people because of circumstances.

    • B. 

      Exceptions should be very rare; otherwise, you open the floodgates.

  • 8. 
    Contracts
    • A. 

      Contracts aren’t necessary between friends.

    • B. 

      Contracts guarantee that friends stay friends.

  • 9. 
    Ethics
    • A. 

      What is ethical in a given situation depends on whom you are dealing with.

    • B. 

      Ethics are ethics no matter whom you are dealing with.

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