Ethical Awareness Essay

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Ethical Awareness The four perspectives of ethics, virtue, deontology, utilitarianism, and relativism, differ in many ways. Some people strictly follow one theory or the other, but I use a combination of virtue, deontology, and utilitarianism. Each person is taught a set of values and morals based upon their beliefs, attitudes, and goals. When making ethical decisions, values and morals play a major role in the reasons behind the choice. It is the employer’s role to encourage ethics in the workplace. In order for this to happen, organizations must create an environment where employees are encouraged to discuss ethics and encourage the learning of ethics in the work place. (Oliver, p.60) Character/ Virtue A person’s character and virtue depends mostly upon the morals and values that were instilled in them as a child. (Olivette, p. 429) My mother did her best to teach me to have a good character and to always keep my virtue intact. The military also tries to instill morals and values into their soldiers. The Army has Army values; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless-service, honor, integrity, and personal courage. Upholding these values has become a way of life for soldiers, including myself. Obligation/ Deontology C. D. Broad’s theory of deontology implies that each person has an obligation to be ethically and morally straight. I agree with this science of duty, although I do not follow deontology very strictly. I try to always act ethically right because of the morals that I have. I do not think about my motivations and reasons behind each action and decision that I make, but I do make many decisions based on how others would view that decision because I want to give the perception that I have good morals. Results/ Utilitarianism The results that come from utilitarianism ethics are supposed to create happiness and pleasure from all people

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