Ethics: Aristotle's Theory Of Ethics And Morality

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Ethics and morality are often used to define people and who they are. The ethics and morality of an individual lie deep down within them but affect each and every action in their life. Before analyzing whether or not an individual is ethical and moral or neither it is important to understand that ethics are moral principles that govern an individual’s behaviour and human conduct, and that morality is the principles concerning the distinction between right and wrong. The two are similar yet different because ethics is interested in the good that humans tend towards such as happiness and freedom, while morality is interested in the ways the humans can attain the good (Page 8, ISG) An individual cannot be judged ethical or moral based solely on …show more content…
The term teleological means having to do with the design or the purpose of something. Teleology explains how humans are happiest within their community and that “good” people live in moderation. According to Aristotle’s theory in order to obtain the good things in life we need to follow the path of rational thinking (Page 11-13, ISG). Daniel Ruiz reflects multiple traits of teleology that are able to define him as both a good person and an ethical person. When Aristotle say’s that human can find happiness in their community it is not mentioned whether that is the community they are born into or a different community the find later on life to which they feel they belong. From my interpretation of his theory I understand that humans can find happiness with in the community to which they belong. Daniel and his family did not belong to their old neighbourhood and were not happy there so they found a new community. Daniel can be identified as a good person according to Teleology because when challenged with situation in which he is insulted by others he acts virtuously and rationally which allows him to obtain good. I believe that due to him acting virtuously his daughter was not harmed and he was able to continue having his family be safe. With regards to teleological ethics Daniel Ruiz is an ethical person as he does not live a lavish life but rather in moderation, and he acts virtuously and …show more content…
His theory focused on how we came to know things. This section of his theory is split into the two categories of Theoretical Reason and Practical Reason. Theoretical reason is how we come to know about the laws of nature that govern our behaviour while practical reason allows us to understand how people make choices. Kant, like Aristotle believes that the good is the aim of life. His theory lists that the three factors needed in order to attain the supreme good are God, Freedom and Immortality. According to deontological ethics the supreme good can also be attained through good will which is the will to do our duty for the sole purpose that it is our duty (Page 14-17 ISG). In “Crash” Daniel exemplifies deontological ethics by knowing how to act ethically with regards to theoretical and practical reason and by fulfilling his duty solely for the reason that it is his duty. It is apparent that Daniel knows that theoretical reason tells us to not fight fire with fire, so practically when he is faced with intense situations or “Fire” he does not fight back in the way an unethical person would because he is ware that it is wrong and what it can lead to. Theoretical reason also tells Daniel that racist people believe that all Hispanic people have certain bad qualities but with practical reason Daniel stays away from said bad qualities as he understands that they are wrong. Throughout the movie

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