The Moral Problem Of A Moral Theory

1450 WordsDec 10, 20146 Pages
Some people think that one aim of a moral theory is to give one a “decision procedure” to use when faced with moral problems. Decision procedures are defined as procedures that are similar to an algorithm for determining a finite number of specific steps that validate a particular proposition or argument. Well known examples of a decision procedure is the popular Venn-diagrams for aid in determining an interpretation of categorical knowledge and truth tables which are used in calculus problems. But what makes this procedure different from these examples is that we are talking about moral problems. Moral problems or moral issues are concerns that are shown to be any issue with the possibility to help and or harm anyone which could include ourselves. When making any decision, the consequences of that decision we make could reflect on our own morality. This means that this reflects our character, judgment, and our thoughts, but what is clearly defined when we make a decision is where we place ourselves to be. We classify ourselves and associate our decision making based on what we identify ourselves as. Aristotle’s virtue ethics, Mill’s utilitarianism, and Kant’s deontological theory are examples of possible classifications that one may associate and identify themselves as. Each of these theories present a particular procedure to abide by when making a decision. The purpose of this paper is to define each of these theories, explain what procedure each theory gives us, how we

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