September 22, 2014
In today’s society, ethical development is an important tool we all need. We will discuss the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. Through research of these similarities and differences one can begin to understand the importance social responsibility and ethics plays in personal and business success. Understanding the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics starts with defining each theory individually. The virtue theory, also known as virtue ethic, regards one’s character as well as one’s motivations and intentions (Manias, Monroe, & Till, 2013). This theory does not consider rules or outcomes of certain actions, but rather primarily focuses on whether or not an individual acts with integrity even when he or she is not seen or heard in addition to displaying a high moral standard as a sign of good character (Manias, Monroe, & Till, 2013). Working in teams has become a big part of today’s work environment. People work in teams at work and in the home. A good team player develops skills that can help with the decision-making process and lead to successful completion of projects. Putting the best interest of the team before one’s personal interests is utilitarianism (Manias, Monroe, & Till, 2013). Manias, Monroe, and Till (2013) stated, “utilitarianism is the view that what we ought to do morally is produce the greatest possible utility for the greatest possible number of people” (p. 127). Lastly, the deontological theory states that people should fulfill one’s obligations and/or moral duties when analyzing an ethical dilemma (Manias, Monroe, & Till, p. 188, 2013). In contrast to virtue theory, deontology heavily emphasizes on the responsibilities within actions, our obligation to do the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, in...
References: Manias, N., Monroe, D., & Till, J. E. (2013). Ethics Applied [University of Phoenix Custom Edition eBook]. : Pearson Learning Solutions. Retrieved from University of Phoenix, ETH/316 website.
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