The Pros And Cons Of Virtue Ethics

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The strongest objection to such a view would be the actions committed to the criminals for what they’ve done their victims. For example, a criminal raped a victim. If one was to follow the principle of lex talionis, the criminal’s punishment would be to be raped because that was what the criminal had to done to their victim. This is extremely wrong because the action is immoral in of itself and the person employing the punishment is no better than the criminal. The only thing separating the criminal and person employing the punishment is their position.
I don’t think this objection can be overcome because this is a problem that cannot be solved with the principle of lex talionis or a thinking similar along the lines. Even despite this objection,
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(255) The point of virtue ethics is to become a more virtuous person, and virtue is a character trait, which defines the person. Habits and actions that are right fail to be morally admirable because they are not virtuous. To be virtuous is to have good inner life where you know what is important, what is right, why it is right, and you do the action because it is right. For example, a person is virtuous when they decide to clean up after themselves because they know it is right to be responsible for their mess and they do clean it up because it is responsible and they know they do this in order not to cause trouble for others. An example of when a person fails to be morally admirable is when a guy decides to open a door for a struggling, old lady in order to show a girl he is interested that he was courteous. While the action was the right thing to do, it fails to be morally admirable because the guy did not do the action because it was right, he did it in order to show …show more content…
They acknowledge that there rules of thumbs, but sometimes absolute obedience to the rules don’t apply all the time. In addition, there can be conflict at times. Moral understanding and moral wisdom are needed to deal with particular situations. According to virtue ethics, this can only be gained through training, experience, and practice.
This account of moral knowledge differs from other accounts given because of the way it views morality and what it deems as morally right. Consequentialism said that morality of an action depend on its results. If good came out of the action, despite the fact that the fact may be questionable, then what the person has done is morally right. Kant’s duty based ethics view said that morality was based on intentions that were universalizability. Virtue ethics deems that morality is gained through experience, training, and

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