Three Major Approach To Virtue Ethics

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So far, our discussion was mainly focused on leadership. Now, let us put try and understand what virtue ethics is. Virtue ethics is currently one of three major approaches in normative ethics. Virtue ethics may be defined initially as the one that emphasizes the moral character or personality, in contrast to deontology that mainly focuses on duties or rules, or consequentialism that emphasizes the consequences or repercussions of actions. Consider for example that someone in need has to be helped. A utilitarian will point to the fact that the consequences of doing so will maximize well-being, a deontologist to the fact that, in doing so the agent will be acting in accordance with a moral rule such as “Do unto others as you would be done by” and a virtue ethicist to the fact that helping the person would be charitable or benevolent.
This is not to say that only virtue ethicists attend to virtues, any more than it is to say that only consequentialists attend to consequences or only deontologists to rules. Each of the above-mentioned approaches can make room for virtues, consequences, and rules. Indeed, any plausible normative ethical theory will have something to say about all three. What distinguishes virtue ethics from consequentialism or
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It is an enduring idea with ancient roots. Virtue ethics considers internal motivations directed at realizing the end of a “good” person, and it is in this that the religious and secular worlds can find agreement. Through virtue ethics, a leader does not focus on the end result of his actions, nor does he stick to the rule book all the time; instead he tries to the thing that would be right to do at that particular moment. It has been observed that supplying an internal motivation is a better way of obtaining a good outcome. Having said all, we have arrived to the position that virtue ethics might turn out to be an ancient solution to the modern
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