Consequential Ethics Case Study

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In ethics, ethical theories involve the basic concept of wrong and right behavior. There are two types of groups of ethical theories. These theories are consequential and nonconsequential. Consequential principles judge ethics on a certain action by the outcome of that action meaning the overall consequence. Consequential Ethics, determine what is ‘morally right’ and ‘morally wrong’ of the action that is occurring and is than determined by the rate of good to bad that a given action would make. Nonconsequential principles focus on the task being done rather than right or wrong. Ethical theories lead to what moral outcomes should be. However, we will see later my belief on which theory is the best way to know right from wrong.
Utilitarianism is an ethical theory that means: an accomplishment is right as far as it can encourage and produce happiness and wrong if more likely to do the opposite. This theory is well known by the phrase “the greatest good for the greatest number of people”. This theory makes an individual go through an ethical bind: what do you do in order to produce the greatest amount of happiness? Yet, this principle is difficult to put into practice. An example of Utilitarianism is; we believe lying to be wrong and harmful in some way. But on the opposite point of view, stray lies keep yourself away from embarrassment but would not produce a great amount of happiness, and therefore not be allowable according to Utilitarianism. (Lesson - Ethical

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