The Relationship between Virtue and Vice

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Determine which theory of morality is the most viable, supporting your decision with concrete examples. 2. Thinking in terms of global issues, create an argument for the development of a specific virtue (or set of virtues) that would benefit people everywhere. 3.Explain the relationship between virtue and vice.

I think that Kant's deontological theory of morality may be the most viable since it skirts the problem of rationalization where people may base their reasoning upon the situation and circumstance and may be easily directed to err according to their inclination. Deontological ethics place the focus on obligatory principles of right and wrong; practicing certain principles because you are morally obligated to do so. Kantian imperative and the Biblical commands are examples of this. There is, in other words, a blanket system of right and wrong that exists in all situations regardless of circumstance or agent. This democratizes the ethical structure too for it more likely deters occurrence of relaxation of ethics due to status or influence.
The Kantian ethics also avoids the problem of utilitarianism which includes problem of subjective happiness and good as well as difficulties in calculating the majority of people (since Utilitarianism argues that ethics is achieved by making the majority of people happy). Kantian ethics places the onus on right and wrong rather than happiness (and this too is better since pleasure, too, can be achieved by accomplishing the
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