Virtue Ethics Essays

Submitted By georgeb79
Words: 645
Pages: 3

Ethics and Choices
ETH
316

In the past two to three centuries from the times of Greek and Roman times people have already begun observing other’s individual self being such as characteristic. These characteristics are known to be ethical behavior and people who like your character tend to be around you or have you in a team, have more fans, and etc. This paper will discuss the similarities and differences of what is called virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. In addition to this paper, it will include a personal experience that relates to at least one of the theories explained above. Virtue theory is basically a person’s character but is referring to the excellence of that character. Virtue ethics also refers that through the time of living your life a person should encourage excellence in anything that you and others do whether is moral or non-moral. (Boyland, 2009, p. 153) Virtue ethics make an important contribution to the understanding of morality it helps to have a better role motives which result better decisions or vice versa. In other words a person with good character will have good life, which that kind of character will contribute to doing excellent choices resulting with better understanding of morality. Some problems that have been found with virtue ethics is that common moral decisions may come more easily to a person with moral character. But just for having a moral character does not mean that it will bring good decisions to that particular person. Virtue ethics should be treated a way of understanding how we can be more of a moral creature, making moral decisions, and what moral approach is developed. Utilitarianism is a theory when a person does ethically good for a group, team, or organization and is usually the best option with no better alternative. Others might define it as maximizing a utility for better cause or happiness and less suffering. Some readers might know this mean by, “The greatest good for the greatest number” (Boyland, 2009, p. 153). Even if it means that an individual who is part of a team and the coach asked him who is a better player between him and another team member that actually is better. Then that individual means that he might not be playing in the team rather just seat in the bench, but he does this for the better of the team. Deontological ethics is more about regarding choices that are morally…