Ethics, Teleological And Virtue Ethics

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In this term we have learned a lot about ethics and how we should carry ourselves in our daily lives. Certain situations makes being ethical a little difficult to do as we have seen in this course, but because it’s not easy doesn’t mean we should not stick to doing the right things. These are some of the things that we have learned this term: “Normative ethical systems can generally be broken down into three categories: deontological, teleological and virtue ethics. The first two are considered deontic or action-based theories of morality because they focus entirely upon the actions which a person performs. When actions are judged morally right based upon their consequences, we have teleological or consequentialist ethical theory. When actions are judged morally right based upon how well they conform to some set of duties, we have a deontological ethical theory. Whereas these first two systems focus on the question "What should I do?" the third asks an entirely different question: "What sort of person should I be?" With this we have a virtue-based ethical theory - it doesn 't judge actions as right or wrong but rather the character of the person doing the actions. The person, in turn, makes moral decisions based upon which actions would make one a good person. Deontological moral systems are characterized primarily by a focus upon adherence to independent moral rules or duties. Thus, in order to make the correct moral choices, we simply have to understand what our moral…

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