Ethics Essay

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Ethical Theory Learning team paper BHS 332 Ethical relativism holds that what might be right for some people may be wrong for others. It is the belief that, objectively, nothing is right or wrong, that right or wrong really depends on the views of the particular individual, their culture and the timing of an event. Indeed the theory of ethical relativism supports that morality has to do with one’s culture and right or wrong depends on what is accepted by one’s society. Rights and wrongs are similar for people of the same culture but differentiate from culture to culture; and can even go as far as to differ from person to person. In addition, it stands to reason that moral standards can be a “matter of personal opinion based on the thoughts, feelings, or attitudes of the individual doing the judging” (Ethics, 2000, Pg. 45). According to Freeman (2000), there are several types of relativism which can be defined by how varying rights and wrongs are. Virtue Ethics can be described as “a classification within Normative Ethics that attempts to discover and classify what might be deemed of moral character and to apply the moral character as a base for one's choices and actions" (Gowdy, 2009). Virtue ethics then is more of a complement or advocacy of virtuous actions. A virtuous person is one who always does the right thing. According to Aristotle, “…a virtuous person knows how to act and feel in ways appropriate to the circumstances” (Lawler &Salzman, 2013). In general virtue ethics places the focus on the individual and how they choose to act rather than on the external laws and traditions of his or her culture. If a person is good, it follows that that person will do good things. In comparison to relativism theory, virtue ethics is more individualistic and is influenced more by internal factors, such as a person’s character and how they feel about what is

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