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March 26, 2013
This essay will discuss ethics and why ethics is vital to an organization. From the very first day our parents taught why ethics is critical to how individuals are looked upon as citizens. The same ethics and moral principles taught to each person in the home is the same principles that organizations should strive to emphasize to their employees. To begin one must look at virtue ethics. Virtue ethics comes with characteristics that include honesty and generosity. According to Boylan, M. Basic Ethics (2009), “Virtue ethics is also sometimes called agent-based or character ethics. It takes the viewpoint that in living your life you should try to cultivate excellence in all that you do and all that others do.” The old adage is that, “honesty is the best policy.” These characteristics clearly mean that one must be of strong morals which in turn will assist in building a stronger values system that will support ones beliefs and do what is ethically right. Next a look at what Utilitarianism is about. According to "Utilitarianism" (n.d.), “An ethical philosophy in which the happiness of the greatest number of people in the society is considered the greatest good.” Utilitarianism is based on a theory that what actions that occur by an individual or an organization is done for the greater good. It has been said that the invasion of Iraq in 1991 was for the good of the American people. The invasion of Iraq was never proven to be for the good of our nation. Deontological ethics basically is cut and dry in other words it’s like black and white. According to "Deontological Ethics" (2007), “The most familiar forms of deontology, and also the forms presenting the greatest contrast to consequentialism, hold that some choices cannot be justified by their effects—that no matter how morally good their consequences, some choices are morally forbidden.”(para. 2). Deontological is the basic...
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