Ethical Theories Chart
Complete the chart below using information from the weekly readings and additional research if necessary. Include APA formatted in-text citations when applicable and list all references at the bottom of the page.
Ethical Theory | | | |
| Utilitarianism | Deontological | Virtue ethics |
Definition | A theory in normative ethics holding that the proper course of action is the one that maximizes utility, specifically defined as maximizing happiness and reducing suffering (wikipedia). | The normative ethical position that judges the morality of an action based on the action's adherence to a rule or rules (wikipedia). | Emphasizes the role of one's character and the virtues that one's character embodies for determining or evaluating ethical behavior (wikipedia). |
Ethical thinker associated with theory | Jeremy Bentham & John Stuart Mill
| Immanuel Kant | Plato and Aristotle |
Decision-making process | Deciding whether having good morals is what is best for the company. Is the truth going to hurt them more than what is not the right thing to do? | This would have to deal with the way you choose to make a decision on whether it is the right one or the wrong one based on your morals. | The decision making process would be made depending on the way you believe that it should go. Your morals and beliefs are the number one aspect that stands in your way. |
Workplace example | Knowing that the company you are working for a getting ready to lay people off. Not knowing what will happen if she says something about it and not knowing what will happen if she does say something is what is bothering her. | A workplace example would be witnessing something occurring by another employee that is wrong and basing your decision on whether you should report it or not. | Witnessing something that is wrong morally and ethically going on and making the decision to report the problem because you know that is... [continues]
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