Ethical Implications Of Ethical Pluralism Essay

1536 Words Dec 8th, 2016 7 Pages
Ethics is a subject fully steeped in observation and informed speculation. It seeks to construct a sort of ‘outline’ to life, referencing interactions with self and others. Ethics, also referred to as moral philosophy, forces us to think about morality under a thousand different scopes. Many philosophers described endless theories; all in efforts to teach people how to live. Philosophers often ascribe to theories characterized by a group of interconnected ideals that result from a single, basic truth. These are monistic in nature and include Natural Law Theory and Utilitarianism, however in this paper I will be discussing non-monistic ideals. Ethical pluralism is a group of theories rather than a single postulate. All theories that fall under “ethical pluralism” have a few things in common: all reject both monism & absolutism and they acknowledge the possibility of at least two fundamental moral rules. It is important to discuss the potential understanding offered by combining two theories within ethical pluralism. I will discuss both prima facie duties and particularism because I believe if pieces of each theory were combined, an important understanding of morality would occur. Admittedly, particularism is flawed on so many levels that finding a defense is somewhat impossible; however, I will do my best. To understand what ethical pluralism is, we must first acknowledge what it’s not, i.e. monistic. Monistic theorists believe there is a supreme rule that acts as the…

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