Aristotelian Ethics And Kantian Ethics

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1. For Aristotle a virtue was something that all good characters had and which enable them to do the right thing. It is the ability to do good because you are a consistent person who is able to determine how much of a virtue needs each situation. Virtues themselves are desirable because they make life easier and more satisfying. 2. Aristotelian ethics is more concern with the personality of a person and their ability to do good without strict rules or guidance, while utilitarianism and Kantian tell you what your duty is and what you need to do to be a moral person. The responsibility always falls back to the person no matter what principle they follow, but Aristotelian ethics doesn’t condemn you if your decision leads to bad consequence or unhappiness. 3. Virtue ethics seems more realistic than utilitarianism and Kantian ethics because in virtue ethics we get to see good and bad traits more clearly rather than just having the same moral duty in all situations. I know that I value honesty as a virtue and I try to be honest with people whenever I can, if I think is good for them to know the truth. Because of my value of honesty, I once told someone a truth that they were not expecting and which resulted in more problems. I feel guilty now because it had bad consequences, but perhaps that was because I did not follow a golden mean – I was too honest for the situation, but that doesn’t mean I am a bad person, it probably means that I need to use my virtues wisely. If I
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