Two Types Of Virtue Ethics

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Virtue ethics is defined as a moral theory that puts an emphasis on virtue making it the central concern. Virtual ethics defines the character of man as to what exactly is morally correct or incorrect. In Lewis Vaughn’s “Doing Ethics” (P.139) he states that “a virtuous person would do or what moral exemplars such as Jesus or Buddha would do.” He also goes on to state that a virtuous person often is someone who chooses to live the good life, flourishes and chooses happiness (P.139). A virtuous ethical actions and response to a certain situation always leads back to their morals and who they are on the inside. It leads me to believe that someone who chooses to live their lives by being virtually ethic would question themselves “What would Jesus …show more content…
According to Vaughn, utilitarianism is what defines an action that balances out good and evil. As I stated previously, no matter what your morals are, the decisions that you make will not go along with how people feel about the decision that you make. The person who is wanting to make the right decision must think about the balance of the decision. A utilitarian ultimately chooses to choose the option that will make good overcome evil. Vaughn states that there are two types of utilitarianism, we have act and rule utilitarianism. One follows the moral decisions that are made based on while the other one follows a decision based on a rule that balances good more than evil. From what we have read, the goal of someone who is utilitarian, is to reach as much happiness as possible, just like someone with virtue ethics chooses to be. The only problem that I see with utilitarianism, is the moment when you have a decision that will bring temporary happiness. An example would be you trying to save a person’s life by removing the kidney of a person who is dying and only has a 20% probability of living to give to a person who has a 95% probability of living with the transplant that they might receive. What would happen if you the person received the kidney and lived, and later find out that the other person had a 50% probability. Although a utilitarian had the opportunity to outweigh the possibilities that balanced out good and evil, someone who is a natural law theorist would ultimately believe that what you did was

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