Compare and Contrast Five Ethical Models Essay

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Compare and Contrast Five Ethical Models
Ethics and Society, MPA 607
Alexis E. Anthony
Belhaven University February 28, 2013 Ethics play an integral and necessary part in our lives. An individual’s course of action is dictated by which ethical model they adhere to. Ethics answers the question, "What do I do?" It is the study of right and wrong. “At a more fundamental level, it is the method by which we categorize our values and pursue them. Do we pursue our own happiness, or do we sacrifice ourselves to a greater cause? Is that foundation of ethics based on the Bible, or on the very nature of man himself, or neither?” (Hursthouse, 2012) A proper foundation of ethics requires a standard of value so that an
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It is true that many customs, such as the expected style of dress or the traditional age of marriage, vary according to cultural practices. However, basic principles that guide human behavior should be universal. This learner believes that respect for human life should be expected and encouraged in any society, regardless of the normal behavior. Another flaw of this model is that moral behavior is considered only that behavior which is most commonly practiced. Under this school of thought there is very little opportunity for a society to evolve or advance because any deviation from the norm would be frowned upon, rejected and deemed immoral. 1st John 2:15-17, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever,” (The Holy Bible). This passage encourages us to follow and love God above all other influences. We should not simply go along with what is expected of us or model our behaviors after those around us. We are to act as Christ would and as directed by Scripture. “Perhaps the strongest argument against ethical relativism comes from those who assert that universal moral standards can exist even if some moral

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