Deontological Consequentialist And Deontological Ethics Essay

1077 Words Apr 17th, 2016 null Page
My core intuition is compassion, which literally means “co-suffering”. The inner morality of human beings is based on the compassion. A compassionate person knows about the human condition, associates his or her experiences with others’ and identifies with another person. Without compassion balancing with human intelligence, human beings could be destructive. The compassion is a virtue which is about how we can be the best person. According to Aristotle, a virtue is a character that human being needs to flourish or live well. In my opinion, the virtue ethics is prior to the deontological and consequentialist ethics that have disadvantages but can be supplementary to the virtue ethics.
Deontological approach focuses on constraints and judges morality of an action based on the action’s adherence to the duty or the right things to do. However, there are some criticisms of deontological ethics. First, the concept of the right thing to do in the past may not be justified in today’s society. For example, the fact that polygamy was common in ancient China but is currently regarded as an offense of marital law exemplifies the dynamic change of moral rules. Second, deontological approach cannot reconcile the conflict between different moral duties. For example, many multinational companies establish subsidiaries in developing countries in order to reduce production costs, avoid strict environmental regulations in its own country and leave pollution in developing countries. The…

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