Ethic Essay

651 Words Aug 12th, 2013 3 Pages
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Virtue Theory, Utilitarianism, and Deontological Ethics.
Judith Glowinski
ETH/316 -
4/16/2013
MARY CARTER

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When comparing the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontology we find that they all deal with how one judge’s morality and ethics. These theories all include judging in different aspects, whether it is in the moment, what happens after, or over a lifetime. The ethics and morality behind these theories all deal with what is right, or what is best for the present, then separate paths as the theories work toward the future. With virtue ethics a person strives for excellence performing duties, and acquiring traits that others would admire. With utilitarianism a person makes a
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Virtue ethics is also called agent-based or character ethics. When using the virtue ethics approach, one should take the viewpoint that in living their life they should try to cultivate excellence in all that they do. It encourages people to develop their character as the basis for the good life. Deontological ethics judges the morality of an action based on the action's adherence to a rule or rules. This form of ethics uses rules and duties to determine what is “right”. Deontological ethics is opposed to consequentialism. Deontology maintains the wrongness of actions resides in the kind of action that it is, rather than the consequences it brings about
The relationship between virtues, values and ethics is that they govern the way a person relates with other people in the society. They also shape someone's character and moral standards. Virtues, values and ethics also help a person in making critical decisions in life. A personal experience that has engulfed one or more of these theory, working for a small family firm, I had to take a few days off for a surgery, I came back and noticed that the accounts did not match, I had prior knowledge of a fellow employee stealing from the company, the dilemma being after complete investigation there was theft, it was a very small amount but the employee of…

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