Ethical Theories And Principles Of The Ethics

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Ethical theories and principles are the backbone of decision making, as they are the table from which one generates guidance in order to make the most ethically correct decision. Each of the different ethical theories discussed has sought to provide the best answer to the question: “Why should we adopt or reject particular ethical values and principles to guide our actions” (Hutchings, 14). I believe that the deontological theory provides the best answer to the preceding question; the theory does an excellent job of not only explaining why one should reject certain ethical theories but also very clearly states and substantiates the reason for adopting the values it encompasses. The following paper will first provide an overview of deontology, the paper will then move on to defend this choice by discussing both the reason for the selection as well as responding to common objections to deontology. In order to comprehend why deontology has the most success in responding to the previously stated question, one must first understand the basis or foundation that develops the normative ethical theory. Deontological theories hold that actions that are morally right are those in accordance with certain rules, duties, rights or maxims. For deontologists intention is what is important and consequences do not matter; this is because according to deontologists one is right in acting a certain way only if one acts for the right reason.
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