Deontological, Teleological And Virtue Ethics

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When making decisions, especially critical ones, one can never be certain of the outcome to follow. An examination of three differing schools of thought
Deontological, Teleological and Virtue ethics and lastly my own personal ethical paradigm will be considered for the following scenario. As platoon commander you are faced with choosing to abandon a village to its fate as enemy solders move in on your position or to disobey direct orders and intervene. The choice will carry dire consequences regardless of what path is chosen. Despite large differences in the ethical codes of each of the above schools of thought, I will demonstrate that each can lead to the same choice of action, despite vastly large differences in the reasoning behind them. Each will be considered separately and the thought process behind each will follow.
Deontological ethics seem in essence to be the most straightforward and perhaps easiest to predict. Deriving from the Greek word ‘deon’ meaning duty or obligation, it implies obedience and dictates that an individual is honor bound to his or her post. Therefore, determining that a practitioner of this code of ethics would choose to follow orders, despite that individual’s inner conflict is sound reasoning.
Then the choice of one with the deontological ethical framework would be to obey orders and fall back. This in turn would be a death sentence for the villagers and perhaps the next village over.
Teleological ethics try to focus on the bigger picture or…
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