Ethics Essay

In: Business and Management

Submitted By salsburd
Words 455
Pages 2
Ethics Essay Wk 1
ETH 316
04/16/2012

Ethics Essay Week 1

Ethics Essay * A description of the differences in how each theory addresses ethics and morality
Virtue ethics are character traits like honesty or generosity. The way I read it was they are strong morals and build your value system or system of beliefs. Utilitarianism holds the theory of what it every takes for the greater good. One of the worst examples I found was the dropping of the atomic bomb on Japan during WWII it was done for the greater good of America and the world. Craziness!
Deontological ethics is basic black and white. It is based on the basic qualities of an act and not the moral effect. Lying is a great example, I hate (I know strong word), but I hate lying. I feel as an adult you have no reason to lie or breaking promises (don’t make them). In Pocatello for some reason when you call a contractor for work and you leave a message they do not call you back and if they do answer they are late for the appointment. I might be old school, but what I say I do, it is my reputation.
* A personal experience to explain the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as they relate to one of the three theories
I have been married for twelve years and have two step kids a boy 24 and a girl 26. I have known the kids since they were two and five years old and I love them both, but Josh I do not like as a person. He has shunned all his personal values, ethics and morals. Josh is 24 and has a son almost five, he has not seen he him or paid child support. Ali our daughter is married with two kids and going back to school to get her BSA. She has had her struggles and always accepts her responsibility’s for life, she works and then we have Josh (who is a modern day gypsy (that is what I call it) he has no job and hustles money and thinks the world owes him.
I love them both with…...

Similar Documents

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Ethics Essay Eric Stalorites ETH/316 June 16, 2012 Carolyn Geiser Ethics Essay Ethics and moral perspectives are integral to how our society works in both personal life and the business world. This essay discusses and describes the three basic ethics theories: virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. The similarities will also be discussed, including a personal experience explaining the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as related to one of the three theories. The core meaning found in virtue theory focuses on character, or excellence. Virtue in the classical Greek (its origin in this tradition) refers to “excellence” (Boylan, 2009). According to this theory we watch their actions in the midst of either a moral or non-moral circumstance to evaluate the response. Furthermore, this evaluation of character is contemplated during the course of a longer, extended period of time. Virtue theory focuses on the individual’s ethics and morality. Utilitarianism focuses on the group or collective in a community or organization. Specifically, the focus is on actions that are in the best interest of the group. A common phrase summing this up often recited is, “The greatest good for the greatest number” (Boylan, 2009). This theory focuses on what outcome is ethically and morally right for the group as an entity. Deontological ethics theory, in contrast, places its focus on the action entirely without regard to......

Words: 458 - Pages: 2

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Brock Q. Griffin ETH/316 October 01, 2012 Aron Muse Ethics Essay The science of right and wrong in human action, or as some believe it is what society deems to be right and wrong is what defines ethics (Boylan, 2009). What makes up ethics in a person? Is it his character as in virtue, or does it relate to family influence or a team concept as in utilitarianism. Does it manifest from a sense of duty as with deontological ethics? In this paper we’ll take a look at the differences in how each addresses ethics and morality. Deontological In this theory of ethics the emphasis is on doing what is right just because it’s right. However this theory can be related to both virtue and at some level utilitarianism. The similarity is that without a standard or virtue to hold you accountable you wouldn’t just up and perform deontological ethics. Your morals kick in as your foundation and you just do without thinking. Example is to open a door for someone, or to stand-up and let a pregnant woman sit down in a crowded area. In that situation you normally don’t think you just react. Utilitarianism Is the team concept or the action that produces more of a utility for the group. Utilitarianism is often contrasted with deontological for the fact that it’s calculated or thought out before the action is done. Where it differs from virtue is that it might not be installed in you, but in order to not bring negativity toward your group you......

Words: 481 - Pages: 2

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Michael McPhetrige ETH316 09/19/2013 Mr. David Trammell Ethics Essay In our world, there are many different ways to approach ethics. We all have our different opinions on what ethics are, or as I like to say, our own ethical codes. However, we can relate to other peoples theories. Some theories that can be related to, but are different from each other, are virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. “Utilitarianism is a theory that suggest that an action is morally right when that action produces more total utility for the group than any other alternative” (Boylan, 2009). Basically, utilitarianism looks out for the greater good of the group instead of an individual. This means that if you are a hinder to the group, making a change in yourself or your position to better the group is utilitarianism. I believe this theory is a very good one. It is about putting others before you. The world might be a better place if everyone thought this way. The Virtue theory is based more on an individual’s character. “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” (Boylan, 2009). Reading this I was thinking about “one hit wonders” in the music industry (especially rappers). In rap music, should someone be considered one of the greats because they made one good song? Or should rappers like Tupac and Eminem be legends because they have had multiple platinum selling albums?...

Words: 581 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Running head: ETHICS ESSAY Ethics Essay Rebecca Ferns University of Phoenix ETH316 Jamal Ibrahim June 12, 2013 Ethics Essay Introduction The BBC’s Ethics Guide (2013) explains, “At its simplest, ethics is a system of moral principles. They affect how people make decisions and lead their lives.” However, there are various principles within the philosophical practice of ethics that shape how those decisions are made. In this essay virtual, utilitarianism and deontological theoretical ethical theories will be defined and compared. Virtue Ethics In the Basic Ethics textbook (Boylan, 2009), virtue ethics is defined as “taking the viewpoint that in living your life you should try to cultivate excellence in all that you do and all that others do. These excellences or virtues are both moral and non-moral. For instance, this principle takes the long look at one’s character and is somewhat forgiving of an occasional slipup that is not in consonance with that person’s historical character.” Thus, for instance, people who lied occasionally were not necessarily immoral or bad people if they did not lie regularly. These lies are especially acceptable for instance if the person only lies in order to protect another person’s safety or feelings. Utilitarianism Meanwhile, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Driver, 2009) explains that “utilitarianism is generally held to be the view that the morally right action is the action that produces the most good. One......

Words: 680 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Sharon Batts ETH/316 February 10, 2014 Professor Heller Ethics Essay Ethical growth is an important instrument needed in today’s society. Virtue, deontological, and utilitarianism theories have similarities and differences. Each theory relates to morals and ethics in precise ways, just as virtue, values, and morality have a precise relationship with one another. Virtue theory relates to ethics by identifying the character of a person as honorable, dependable, loyal, honest, or as untrustworthy, deceiving, careless, or self-serving. Basically a person is described as “good” or “bad”, or a mixture of both. People develop character throughout life as a mirror image of his or her morals. Virtue ethics define a person’s character more so than his or her actions. The downside of this theory is that it does not make allowance for good people who make bad mistake (Garrett, 2005). A teenager may give into peer pressure to steal a car. The teen may have high morals and ethics, but made a foolish decision. Virtue theory defines the teen as a bad person rather than as a good person who did a bad act. The next ethical theory, utilitarianism, focuses on determining the choice for the actions and the choice made depends on the course of action that has the best consequences for that person. The actions of a person are believed to be morally correct or incorrect based only on the outcome of the actions. Therefore, if the result is good, the action is morally right.......

Words: 919 - Pages: 4

Ethics Essay

...Week One: Ethics Essay Prestine Crosby ETH/316 January 20, 2014 Kevin Forsberg Ethics Essay Virtue theory takes the viewpoint that in living your life you should try to cultivate excellence in all that you do and all that others do (Boylan, 2009). They are based on living a good life that and being a good person; that can be based upon lifestyles, accomplishments, education and the type of job you have. This theory you have to establish an ethical and moral code or yourself that will enable you to do what is right. Utilitarianism a theory that suggests that an action is morally right when that action produces more total utility for the group than any other alternatives (Boylan, 2009). Also refers to a person is truly focused on being happy this can be achieved by trying to avoid negative people and situations. This theory can cause a compromise of both morals and ethics depending upon the situation. Deontological is a moral theory that emphasizes one’s duty to do a particular action just because the action, itself, is inherently right and not through any other sorts of calculation (Boylan, 2009). This is basically doing what is best for you without taking into consideration for anyone else. I feel that with this theory ethics and morals are completely out of place. In our discussion questions you touched on a subject that really brought back sad memories. Almost two years ago I had a family......

Words: 468 - Pages: 2

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Steven L. McClain ETH/316 April 14, 2014 Aaron Rawls Ethics Essay Ethics has many definitions that are similar, so I decided to choose what I thought would fit it best. According to "Business Dictionary.com" (2014), "The basic concepts and fundamental principles of decent human conduct. It includes study of universal values such as the essential equality of all men and women, human or natural rights, obedience to the law of land, concern for health and safety and, increasingly, also for the natural environment” (para. 1). This definition sums up ethics well for me, but I believe that morals have great influence on ethics and thus I feel a definition of morals is needed. Bernard (2002), "Morality (from the Latin moralities "manner, character, proper behavior") is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and actions between those that are "good" (or right) and those that are "bad" (or wrong)” (para. 1). So now we have the informalities out of the way, we can get to what we really want to talk about, which is the difference between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. Rainbow (2002), "The virtue ethical theory judges a person by his character rather than by an action that may deviate from his normal behavior. It takes the person's morals, reputation and motivation into account when rating an unusual and irregular behavior that is considered unethical” (Virtue). Basically this definition states that someone’s past is used as a......

Words: 523 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay ETH/316 Dr. Jody Kehle October 31, 2013 Ethics Essay The comparison in the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics explains how an individual handles moral and ethical issues on a daily basis. Virtual theory uses the judgment of ones character rather than ones actions. The individual’s morals, reputation, and motivation are some of the factors used in this theory to help determine ones character. This theory does not take into consideration a change in moral behavioral character. Utilitarian theory is based on the capability to predict the consequences ones own action. The utilitarian uses the point system and prediction of solutions. Utilitarian has two types; act utilitarian and rule utilitarian. Each of the utilitarian types is somewhat different, yet similar. Act utilitarian is the same as the utilitarian theory; however, rule utilitarian considers the law and justice. Deontological theory is one that is based on the belief that one should adhere to ones own commitments and duties when dealing with an issue. One of the benefits of this theory is that one will use this bases for commitments and duties to others. For example, a grandmother may feel the warrant to take care of her grandchildren, when they are in financial need. All these theories can demonstrate moral and ethical behaviors for those individuals that adhere to them on a daily basis. In my own personal experience, I am able......

Words: 410 - Pages: 2

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Edenn James ETH/316 June 2, 2014 Mary Carter Ethics Essay For my paper I want to start off with what I believe to my understanding of each of the theories and then give the similarities and difference and then a personal experience using one of the theories. VIRTUE ETHICS-this theory is about your character and how others might see you as being moral or nonmoral. It is sometimes called agent-based or character ethics. It is you striving for excellence in what and how you do things in your life. (Boylan, 2009) DEONTOLOGY-this theory is about doing one’s duty of a particular action because that action is right and not because of any other calculations of the action such as what the consequences of the action might be. (Boylan, 2009) UTILTARIANISM-this theory is where you put the needs of the team before your own needs for the betterment of the team. Your actions are morally right because it produces a more total unity for the team. (Boylan, 2009) The similarities of each of these theories are that it involves how you act in your everyday life to follow what you believe to be the right thing to do. In all three theories your moral beliefs play a significant role. The difference would be the outcome of any particular situation in which you are involved in and how you come to the conclusion. With virtue ethics being about you character your goal is to strive for excellence whereas in deontology your goal is to perform your duty as other......

Words: 553 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay In this essay I will compare the similarities and differences between virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. I will also include the following in this essay a description of the differences in how each theory addresses ethics and morality, and a personal experience to explain the relationship between virtue, values, and moral concepts as they relate to one of the three theories Utilitarianism is a moral theory that argues that an action is right if and only if it conforms to the principle of utility. The theory accepts as true that there was a need for society to rely on reason rather than metaphysics. The central tenet of utilitarianism is what is called the “Greatest Happiness Principle’. Because the human beings are rational self-interested creatures, they seek to maximize their pleasure and minimize their pain. Deontologists hold that right actions are defined by duty. Once we know what it is that we are duty bound to do morally, then we can carry out this ‘natural’ right action regardless of the consequences. What matters, they argue, is that we do what is right what is right, and what is right is that which conforms to moral law. The Virtue Theory concept is for human beings to live well. The end or final cause of human existence is eudaimonia. Eudaimonia is most commonly translated as ‘happiness’, but a more accurate translation is ‘flourishing’. Part of being human is to live a fulfilled life. A eudaimon life is a life......

Words: 742 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Week 1 Ethics Essay xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Ethics and Social Responsibility xxxxxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxx Ethics Essay Ethics is a branch of philosophy that uses the behavior of people to determine the difference between what is morally right and wrong. This essay will compare and contrast three theories of ethics: Virtue, utilitarianism, and deontological. The Virtue theory focuses on a person’s virtue or moral character to define his or her behavior. Beginning with the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle, they used reason to ask what traits make a good person? They determined that a virtue is a trait of good character that is continually practiced and manifests itself in habitual actions. These character traits would exemplify a persons “better nature.” The early Greeks believed that by acquiring the right virtues, you would act in the right way. Aristotle said that a moral virtue is a mean between two extremes, the one involving excess and the other deficiency. He believed a person who learned these good habits would continue to seek the actions to further excellent moral character. This action would lead a person to the find the medium between both extremes, but he also believed that each action was dependent on the person so no one moral mean would be sufficient. Utilitarianism is a theory put forward by Jeremy Bentham. Bentham created the Principle of Utility that states, “We should command an action if it produces benefits, advantages, please,......

Words: 640 - Pages: 3

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay John Doe ETH316 March 17, 2014 Cherie Barnes Ethics Essay Throughout history large diverse groups of people have lived together in communities of many types. All have made assumptions about who, what, and why we value what we value and what is important in each individual person’s lives. A big part of these assumptions are how each individual feels about what is right and what is wrong, as well as what actions are legal. These assumptions are grounded in ethics but what is ethics? According to Boylan (2009), in chapter one: Some view ethics as all about intuiting what is true from some other realm. Others think that it is a conventional linguistic/cultural exercise at descriptivism. Still others…believe that it is about realistic assessments about the world that inform upon the grounding of normativity. Thus, for this author, ethics is the science concerning the “right and wrong” of human action. Philosophers throughout time have studied these assumptions and came up with many theories. Three of the most popular are: Virtue Theory, Utilitarianism, and Deontological Ethics. This essay will compare the similarities and differences between the three. Virtue theory is also called character ethics. Many people use the Boy Scout law as an example of virtue theory. A Boy Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous; Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, and Reverent. Virtue Ethics takes the viewpoint that all humans......

Words: 777 - Pages: 4

Ethic Essay

...Ethics Essay Melody Lewis ETH/316 June 10, 2012 Bob Hughes Ethics Essay The three ethics that will be compared are virtue theory, deontological, and utilitarianism. These three ethics will compare the differences and similarities. Also while talking about how the theories address morality and ethics. Ethics is defined as a study of standards of conduct and moral judgments. Ethics is also known as the system of morals of a particular group, religion, and so on. (Webster Dictionary) Utilitarianism is believed that the reason of all activity should convey the upmost happiness of the highest figure. Utilitarianism recommends an action is morally right when actions produce greater utility for a group than any alternative. (Boylan, 2009) Virtue ethics is defined as a specific moral quality regarded as good, excellence in general, chastity, and a good quality. (Webster Dictionary) Virtue ethics is sometimes referred to as character or agent-based. This can be taken as to live life to develop or grow to perfection in everything a person does and in that others do. (Boylan, 2009) An example of this would be a friend calls and wants to come over. I do not feel like company so I lie and say I am not feeling well. This would decide what type of moral behavior and what type of character I have. Virtue ethics would decide by each situation. Deontological ethics decides the morals of a motion established from the motions hold to the guidelines. The......

Words: 420 - Pages: 2

Ethics Essay

...Ethics Essay Angela Jones ETH/316 June 4, 2012 Michelle Kuamoo Ethics Essay Ethics Essay Virtue ethics theory judges an individual by his or her character. Utilitarianism emphasizes an individual’s actions are morally right when the actions benefit the most people. Deontology states it is an individual’s duty to do an action just because the act itself is the right thing to do (Boylan, 2009). This paper will address differences and similarities among the virtue ethics theory, deontology, and utilitarianism. Virtue ethics theory does not emphasize an individual’s duty to perform any certain act as this theory looks more at the individual’s character. The value of the action is what determines the value of the individual’s trait. However, this theory does take into consideration an individual’s reputation and looks at the bigger picture and not judge an individual on one mistake. Utilitarianism determines the moral worth of an individual by the outcome of the action. Deontology focuses more on the right and wrong of the action and not the consequence of the action. When looking at the similarities each theory does have a goal of causing less harm and support actions that benefit others. These theories are guidelines that guide individuals to making ethical decisions. The differences in these theories is utilitarianism support statements like the end does justify the means as this theory looks at an action benefiting the most individuals as the right action...

Words: 421 - Pages: 2

Ethics 316 Ethics Essay

...Week 1: Ethics Essay ETH/316 Ethics Ethics are the ways in which we react to an experience or situation. Ethics are instilled within individuals and spill over to the workplace. There are various types and theories on ethics such as the virtue theory, the utilitarianism theory, and the deontological theory. There are similarities as well as differences for each theory. The virtue theory focuses on the character of the individual. It highlights the idea of how a person can be “good” and what it takes for a person to be considered “good”. This theory originated with the Greeks as they thought in order to be praiseworthy one had to develop certain habits and characteristics. (Boylan, M.,2009) Virtue Ethics takes the viewpoint that individuals should always strive for excellence. The problem with virtue ethics is that it relies on common opinion, meaning that one individual is able to judge whether or not another is being “good” or achieving excellence, but what makes that person the judge of all judges? When looking at virtue ethics an individual would strive for excellence, however what would make that person great? Virtue ethics would do really well in a society where everyone is expected to achieve the same goals or behave the same way; on the other hand in a society where self-expression and individual choices are respected and praised virtue ethics would have difficulty taking shape. The utilitarianism ethical theory differs from......

Words: 786 - Pages: 4

The Shawshank Redemption (1994) | Staff Support | คม ชัด ลึก ศึกมวยโลก