Essay on Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics And Ethics

963 Words Apr 23rd, 2016 4 Pages
In this essay I will argue that Aristotle’s virtue ethics, while ideally a good ethical theory, could never be put into practice on a global scale. I will establish this point by appealing to human nature and outlining some of the points in Aristotle’s argument that are not conducive to a global ethical view. In order to accomplish this, first let’s define Aristotle’s virtue ethic. Aristotle’s virtue ethics holds that one should act as a “virtuous person would act in your situation (Athanassoulis).” What is a virtuous person one might ask? Aristotle declared that a virtuous person is someone who has ideal character traits. These traits come about through natural processes, but need to be nurtured in youth to realize their full potential. Once nurtured these traits become set and we are able to continue the cycle with a younger generation. It is these virtuous traits that Aristotle believe will bring about the betterment of mankind. So how do theories like utilitarianism and deontology differ from Aristotle’s virtue ethics? Virtue ethics is focusing on nurturing human traits to improve the world where utilitarianism and deontology are more focused on how human directly effect the world around them. Specifically, utilitarianism is an ethical theory that, generally speaking, believes the only way to judge actions is by their effects on society (“the needs of the many out weight the needs of the few”-Dr. Spock). Deontology on the other hand judges actions based on their…

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