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Ethics Essay
Chiquita Freeman
ETH/316
February 07, 2013
Kristie Searcy

Ethics essay
In comparing the similarities between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics I found that they are all inclined to reach the best ethical decision possible. All of these theories decide the good and bad traits of each individual. Even though the outcome and expectations of each theory is different, their main purpose is to do the right thing. To understand the difference of each theory we must first understand the meaning of each one. The virtue theory focuses more on the person rather than the decision or behavior. Within this theory the individual intention is to be good and develop one’s self into a moral person. Rather than depend on laws and customs, virtue ethics is more focused on how a person feel about themselves. Deontological ethics focuses more on what’s wrong or right. Whatever is expected of you must be done. Moral principles are binding so regardless of the consequences, you must do what is right. A deontologist relies on rules and obligation. Utilitarianism which is the consequential theory is more focused on the results or consequences of your actions. This theory influences you to think about the harm you cause others if you don’t make the right decision. In this approach the most ethical decision would be minimize harm to the society. The difference in these theories is that virtue focus on the individual person, utilitarianism focus on the consequences of an ethical decision, and deontological is more concerned with following rules that are set by a society. A personal experience that I’ve had is making decisions as a supervisor. With rules and regulations in place I sometimes ignore them to accommodate the needs of my employees. Rather than write them up when their production is low I give them the opportunity to
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