The Ethics Of Ethical Behavior

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Ethics can be described as the ideals and principles considered by individuals when determining acceptable behavior. Many individuals take into account socially established normalities and expectations when examining their own behavior. However, I find my ideals to be tied to Jean Paul Sartre’s existential views which assert that ethical behavior should be rooted in one’s personal ration­alizations and a person’s actions should reflect free agency. Existentialism is a theory that stresses choice, freedom, and personal existence for the betterment of all of humanity. The existential idea that individuals possess the power and agency to shape their own lives (at least the decisions they make based off their circumstances) and one’s life is not determined by one’s existence relates to my personal philosophies of what constitutes ethical behavior. Each individual is dealt different circumstances in life, therefore a set list of rational ideals and values does not adequately address the what constitutes ethical behavior. I believe ethical behavior is constructed and justified through the existential elements of personal facticity and authenticity of individuals that work toward the peace and progression of all humanity; this is exhibited in Sartre’s play The Respectful Prostitute. To put it simply, the philosophical view of existentialism indicates that the world is an irrational place where individuals possess their own purpose, and therefore the responsibility lies on each
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