Ethical Worldview Essay

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Introduction What constitutes morality has been debated for centuries in a human effort to determine if there is in fact a concrete definition of right and wrong. Many different theories and views have been created since the days of Plato and Aristotle laid down the framework for virtue ethics. While many people have lived and died with little regard to what makes up their personal views of right and wrong, others have spent their lives attempting to make sense of the nuances of human behavior and the ethics that guide us. Morality is an individual decision, influenced by a persons experiences and culture. A person must ultimately make the decision to be “good” in the presences of negative influences, it is what we as a society have determined to be “good” that sets apart the civilized from uncivilized societies. There are several ethical philosophies that hold merit and each has its weaknesses alongside its strengths. Virtue ethics, developed in ancient Greece with proponents such as Plato and Aristotle, is probably one of the most well known of the philosophies for its long history and relatively basic structure. Several other ethical views are built upon the basics set out in virtue ethics. A person inherently has some sort of primitive worldview and code of personal ethics. Understanding, and in some cases coming to grips with, your worldview is important to understanding who you are and what you stand for in life. By knowing what makes you tick and why you act in certain ways is the first step on the journey to personal enlightenment and to creating a more secure sense of self and personal wellbeing. The following pages will establish the basis for my ethical worldview and discuss the development of my own ethical theory. Overview of Relevant Ethical Theories Virtue Ethics Virtue ethics was founded as it is known today by Plato and Aristotle, though

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