Ethical Systems

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There are seven different major ethical systems and they are: ethical formalism, utilitarianism, religion, natural law, ethics of virtue, ethics of care, and egoism. All seven of these ethical systems are dealt with on a daily basis and sometimes it is hard to determine which one you are dealing with. Ethical systems intertwine with one another and make up how humans respond and react to situations they are faced with every day. Each ethical system has its own way of coming across to each individual, and it is also going to depend on how each individual person looks at the problems and situations they are dealing with.

Ethical formalism is the good that conforms to the categorical imperative (University of Phoenix, 2005). I also believe that ethical formalism is deontological, because even though something is done for the good of man it can still turn out bad. This has to deal more with the laws of the situation not the judgment part of the problem. Ethical formalism gives people necessary and sufficient outcomes when dealing with a decision to morality. Unlike when you are judging someone on what they did, you have to look at the laws before you can do anything. Ethical formalism is the root where everything starts. Determining whether or not something was good or bad is going to occur after you look at the governing factors to the situation the person was dealing with. A good example of ethical formalism would be making a decision to figure out if the behavior is acceptable and if it is a law that is to be followed by everyone. Say a student wanted to cheat on test, the ethical formalism part of the scenario would be that all the other students should be allowed to cheat on the test also. If one person can do something that you know is against the law but thinks it is right than everyone else should be allowed to do it too.

Utilitarianism is the good that results in the greatest utility for the greatest number (University of Phoenix, 2005). Utilitarianism is the moral aspect of what someone is doing and how their emotions are going to be related to the outcome of the situation. With utilitarianism you want to have the best outcome for the largest group of people that you can. This is an example of the teleological system because the outcome is going to be natural and is going to benefit the greatest number of people. A really good example of utilitarianism is the placement of CFC on daily used household products. This allows people to know and understand that the product they are getting ready to use is going to slowly deplete the ozone layer. France made CFC propellants illegal because of the fact that the chemicals were ruining the ozone layer. I would not be one to completely follow this lifestyle because where there is good there is bad, and sometimes the outcome is not going to be the greatest reward for the most amount of people.

Religion is the good that which conforms to God’s will (University of Phoenix, 2005). Religion has many different beliefs and is different in all cultures. I believe that religion is something that naturally occurs and falls into the teleological system. Religion is the belief that someone or something controls what you do in life, and you were put here for a specific reason. You are here with a plan and whatever happens is happening for a reason. Religion is widely taught and many people follow examples they have learned. I believe religion is a learned behavior and comes naturally making it teleological. An example of religion would be of Obama’s recent decision to place a mosque at the site of the 9/11 attacks. This allows all religions to come together to mourn something tragic, and it is a natural occurrence that people are going to feel many of the same emotions that everyone else is experiencing. Religion is also confusing in a way because so many people have different beliefs and there are also people that do not believe at all that they were placed here by someone or...
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