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  • 1. Ethics Essay 1Ethics EssayVeronica GatesUniversity Of PhoenixCourse ID: ETH/316Instructor: Ralph ApuanWorkshop/ Week No.: 1March 14, 2013
  • 2. Ethics Essay 2Ethics EssayWhat are ethics? According to "Washington Ethical Society" (2002-2013),”ethicsdefines the elements essential to human well-being and proposes principles to be used asguidelines for generating an ethical culture. Ethics pertains to certain values, standards, andrules, people adopt for conducting their lives. This paper will discuss the similarities anddifferences of the following three theories of ethics, utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue, howthese theories are an intricate part of our core beliefs, and how they affect our everyday choices.While comparing the similarities and differences between the three theories, it wasdiscovered they all have two things in common; how one judge’s morality and ethics and allthree theories are driven by results. Each theory involves a different aspect of judging. Virtueethical theory is concerned with the concept of duty. It exhibits determination to achieveexcellence when performing duties and attaining qualities those would respect and admire. Itplaces less emphasis on which rules people should follow and instead focuses on developinggood character traits (Cline, 2013), i.e. how should I live my life? Virtue ethical theory also teststhe relationship between a person’s actions as opposed to the character of the person. Peoplemay verbalize good ethical standards, but their actions reveal something very different. Practicewhat you preach comes to mind. Utilitarianism ethical theory is based on decisions that renderthe best results for the majority. As stated by Bolan 2009, utilitarianism “suggest that an actionis morally right when that action produces more total utility for the group as a consequence thanany other alternative does”, i.e. Obama Care is designed to provide the vast majority withhealthcare assistance. The "Your Dictionary.com" (1996-2013) defines Deontology as anethical theory that the morality of an action should be based on whether that action itself is rightor wrong under a series of rules, rather than based on the consequences of the action. Deontology
  • 3. Ethics Essay 3theorizes that the choice or decision made is based on what he or she believes is morally correctand not based on the best results for the majority; i.e. the belief that killing someone is wrong,even if it is in self-defense. Each theory works towards the best outcome, whether it benefits themajority or the individual. What separates these three theories is whether or not the decision isbest for the moment or for the future.My decision making process is a mixture of utilitarianism and virtue ethical theory;however the latter is the strongest aspect of my personality. I believe in order for me to make thebest choices for the majority, I first must understand what morals govern me. What driversinfluence how I live my life? I have to be able to look myself in the mirror and guiltlessly acceptthe consequences of my decision; therefore, virtue ethical theory guides my initial decision.However, I always consider how my choices will affect those around me; i.e. during my employas an Office Manager, I was entrusted with managing the front office which entailed greeting andproviding the public with information pertaining to the services we offered. I was told to informpotential clients that we had money to provide them with career training services, when in realitythe funding had been depleted. I was uncomfortable being asked to take part in such deceitfulbehavior. It went against everything I believed; however, for a short time I did reluctantlyparticipate. I kept thinking, “what if that person were me? I would want to know the truth. Ieventually found a way to inform potential clients regarding the true status of our training grant.My responsibility or duty was to provide a service and any assistance my employer madeavailable to our clients, but in doing so I had to remain true to my core beliefs.Our personal morals influence every decision we make whether it is personal orprofessional; ethics is the avenue in which our morals and core beliefs are displayed. It is notalways what you do, but how you do it.
  • 4. Ethics Essay 4ReferencesBolan, M. (2009). Basic Ethics in Action: Basic Ethics (2nd ed.). : Pearson Education.Cline, A. (2013). About. Retrieved fromhttp://atheism.about.com/od/ethicalsystems/a/virtueethics.htmWashington Ethical Society. (2002-2013). Retrieved fromhttp://www.ethicalsociety.org/article/19/about-wes/ethical-culture-our-religious-heritage/faqs-about-ethical-culture/what-does-ethics-meanYour Dictionary.com. (1996-2013). Retrieved from http://www.yourdictionary.com/

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