The Theory Of Virtue Ethics Essay

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Introduction Throughout the history of man the question has always come into play regarding how one should behave or conduct themselves during the course of their lives. As a result of this arduous quest, for centuries, several theories have made their way into the hearts and minds of men. Ethics or Moral Philosophy addresses these concerns. The focus of this paper as it relates to ethics will be The Theory of Virtue Ethics.
Virtue Ethics Defined
The term “ethics” comes from the Greek “ethos” meaning custom or habit. Ethics are considered different from morality because ethics refer to the theory of positive acts or deeds and the greater good while morality is indicative of their practice i.e., moral principles. Today, there are several types of ethics including but not limited to, Consequentialist and Virtue Ethics. Virtue Ethics is an approach to ethics that dates back to Plato and Aristotle and has its roots in ancient Greek philosophy. It’s a theory that focuses more on character than actions while other theories focus on actions as they relate to right or wrong. Character, as previously stated, is the central point of focus in the theory of Virtue Ethics, therefore, virtue ethics begs the question what type of person should I be or what type of qualities make for a good life? On the other hand, what type of negative qualities should I avoid which would deter one from the path of goodness or happiness.
One of the main tenets of virtue ethics is the idea or concept of…

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