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Ethics Essay
Edward D'Avola

Ethics Essay
      Ethics is an important part of any person or business to apply in their everyday lives. There are several different theory's and or ethics that will be discussed in this essay. Each theory will address how it is different from another with ethics and morality. Will also give a personal experience to explain the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as they relate to one of the three theories. The three different theories we will discuss will be virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics.
Virtue Theory

      Virtue ethics is a broad term for theories that emphasize the role of character and virtue in moral philosophy rather than either doing one’s duty or acting in order to bring about good consequences (Boylan, Chapter 11,12,13, 2009).   A virtue ethicist is likely to give you this kind of moral advice. Virtue ethics is also sometimes called agent-based or character ethics (Gowdy, 2009-2011). Most virtue ethics theories take their inspiration from Aristotle who declared that a virtuous person is someone who has ideal character traits.


      Utilitarianism is a theory that suggests that an action is morally right when that action produces more total utility for the group than any other alternative (Boylan, Chapter 11,12,13, 2009). There is a slogan that sums up utilitarianism and that is "The greatest good for the greatest number." In moral theory of how utilitarianism would work involves the better good of the entire team or the majority ("Utilitarian Theories", 2002).   This means that if a person knows that a person is a better player than the other person would mean that that person sit out so the better person can play. This is a sacrifice for the person since they might not be able to play but the greater good is the team.

Deontological Ethics
      No single idea captures all of the features in...

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