Aristotle 's Virtue Ethics, Mill 's Utilitarianism, And Kant 's Deontological Ethics

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There are three substantial ethical theories in philosophy. Each attempting to prove the others wrong. These theories include: Aristotle’s Virtue Ethics, Mill’s Utilitarianism, and Kant’s Deontological Ethics. In their theories, each thought they had found the answer to finding the truth. Each theory has a hole in it that made others speculate it’s truth. I believe every theory brings an important piece to the puzzle. One theory alone cannot bring the truth. In this paper I will argue that one must take some truth from each theory in order to help find the ultimate truth.
Aristotle’s theory is based on virtues. He begins his argument by talking about the human good. To put it simply, he believed that one must have reasons to achieve a goal and once the goal is met then the cycle repeats itself. Aristotle also believed that a goal or end can lead to new ends. When one conquers a set goal, it should make them feel proud and happy in their accomplishments. For Aristotle, happiness is the ultimate human good (Frank). But to have happiness one must live a life of virtue and not solely focus on the monetary pleasures in life. When someone says the word virtue, character is often the first word associated with its meaning. Character is a state of mind and not an action according to Aristotle. In our class discussion, we talked about the excess and deficiency of character and the importance of finding the sweet spot. One example that stood out to me was bravery. The scenario was a…

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