Theories Of Utilitarianism In The TV Show Dexter

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A character from the TV series Dexter will be discussed viewing how his actions perceive in different ethical philosophies. The Character Dexter Morgan will be questioned and put on trial for his actions, through philosophies including Deontological Ethics (Kantianism), Morality and Virtue Ethics, Economic Ethical Theory (consequentialist theory), Utilitarianism, and Subjectivism. However regardless of the quota, theories of philosophers will be used in support of the argument to prove Dexters morality. The TV show Dexter is the story of a man named Dexter Morgan. Dexter works as the blood spatter expert/analyst for the Miami Metro Homicide Police Department, he has a girlfriend, a good relationship with his foster sister, and he likes …show more content…
In virtue ethics, the answer of an act is determined by the reasoning of the action heavily relying on Gods revelation due to answering something before it’s accomplished. Dexter murders people. These people are murderers themselves, but, Dexter still violates the Ten Commandments. One of them blatantly being “you shall not murder” (Holy Bible Exodus 20:13). Dexter is in violation of this revelation from God. Aristotle believes a virtuous person is declared through their character traits. “These characteristics derive from an inherent natural tendency, but need to be nurtured, however, once established they will be stable, and kind across many situations.”(Athanassouli, 2011) Now will Dexters actions, inherent tendencies and honesty prove him as a virtuous person? Through trial, of Dexters actions a parent answer will be shown: In the agreement, Dexters natural and internal tendencies according to psychologist Dutton are “character traits that are caused by a person 's natural mental state that manifests their behaviour.” (Dutton, K 2012) In Dexter, it is to kill and keep killing. As shown in the series Dexters first signs of violent behaviour became parent in childhood; murdering the neighbourhood pets. The second declaration from Aristotle that Dexter’s character agrees with is the must to be nurtured. Dexter is not only nurtured by his father (Harry) but guided by him. “There are people out there who do dreadful things, Dexter… I …show more content…
Economic Ethical Theory deals with an economic outlook on actions and how they are judged through policies that are solely based on the consequences and outcomes. In Economic Ethics to determine whether actions, deeds and endeavours are morally sound a few things must be taken into accountability: “utility, cost-benefit analysis, efficiency and externalities” (Anderson, 2015) Through Dexter’s need to kill people he works with the law to benefit his utility. How does he benefit from the law? He works as a blood splatter analysts for the police; the police unknowingly provide a free service for Dexter. As an employee for the Metro Police, he 's is being supplied with several killers, thieves and rapists that he ultimately gets to choose from. What does this benefit? By sourcing from his job, he is creating a more efficient system for himself. If the source of the job is more efficient (Dexter himself), then the utility is more productive and beneficial (what he supplies society with). In turn not only benefiting himself but society as well. Through this analysis Dexter’s actions are creating a butterfly effect: because of his greed to harm the bad and one less criminal to worry about( a small change in society) it creates a larger service. Maximizing not only his utility and efficiency but the

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