Ethics: An Analysis Of Virtue Theories

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Virtue Ethics. Virtue ethics is commonly known as the virtue theory. In this theory, the character of an individual is usually considered as a primary element of ethical thinking (Hursthouse 67). Virtue ethics does not focus on acts (deontology) or the impact that actions have (consequences). Instead, it judges an individual depending on the character he or she demonstrates rather than the action. Therefore, it is a person’s character that will reveal whether he or she deviated from normal or rather ethical behavior. A virtue refers to the quality or rather a habit that makes an individual successful in his or her endeavors. In this respect, virtue theory is only understandable if it includes the purpose and implication in human life (teleological).
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