Ethics Essay

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Ethics Essay Carrie Nylander ETH/316 March 26, 2012 Michael McNeal Ethics Essay Looking at ethics, there are three different ways in which one can look at. These include virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. We will discuss and compare the differences and similarities of these three forms of ethics. We will do this by comparing each and the theories they address when comparing their relationships between values, virtues, and the moral concepts. Ethics and Morality Utilitarianism, deontological, and virtue ethics are three major approaches when it comes to normative ethics. Utilitarianism puts emphasis on the consequences of actions. Deontology puts emphasis on duties or rules. Virtue ethics focuses on moral character, also known as virtues. Virtue ethics is commonly referred to as character ethics (or even agent based). Looking at the virtue ethics approach, people take the views of living their lives by cultivating excellence in everything that they try to accomplish. This approach helps build personal character and lead by example for a good life (Boylon, 2009) Deontological ethics is a form of ethics judged to the morality of a person’s actions based on certain ethical rules. This form of ethics is set solely on rules to determine what is right and wrong. Because of this, deontological ethics is the exact opposite of consequentialism. Deontology states that the violations are dependent on what kind of action it is, unlike consequentialism, whereas it is about the consequences it brings about. For example, a person who was a deontologist would believe murder was wrong because it resulted in the death of an innocent man. A consequentialist would see murder as wrong because the suffering it would bring to the family of the person who was killed. Utilitarianism is one form of consequentialism, meaning the moral worth of any action is

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