How Virtue Ethics Is More Better Than Deontology Essay

1101 Words May 6th, 2016 null Page
In Deontology, Emmanuel Kant appears to argue that right actions are those actions that are not instigated by impulses or desires, but by practical reason. He further argues that a right action is right only if it is undertaken for the sake of fulfilling one’s duty, and fulfilling one’s duty means acting in accordance with certain moral laws or ‘imperatives’ regardless of the outcome of the situation. However, not all situations are pure black and white. There are grey areas and decisions, more often than not, should take into account the situation amongst other factors. This paper will show that Virtue Ethics is more promising than deontology as it is more realistic and holistic. Deontological theories, argue that the action is, in itself, either right or wrong, regardless of the consequences. The theory often states that there is no such thing as a moral dilemma, that there is always a right answer. For example, stealing is wrong, even if you are starving, it would be immoral to steal a loaf of bread. Thus we have a duty to adhere to actions good in themselves. Deontology holds that some acts are always wrong, even if the act leads to an admirable outcome. Actions are always judged independently of their outcome. According to Kant, the moral worth of an action is only determined by the human will, which is the only thing in the world that can be considered good without qualification. Good will is exercised by acting according to moral duty/law. On the other hand,…

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