Consequentialism Of Virtue Ethics Analysis

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…
However, your morals and virtues are what lead you to make that decision and ultimately the consequences that came with the decision not only affected you but everyone around you. The next reason why I believe virtue ethics to be more consequentialist than non-consequentialist is because the characteristics between a person who has virtue ethics has ethical egoism. According to Vaughn (P. 70) “the morally right action is the one that produces the most favorable balance of good over for oneself. The decision that somebody makes when dealing with different circumstances leads them to make decisions that will make them feel and look good in front of people. Someone with the mentality of an ethical egotist will think first about the consequences about the decision that they are about to make. As previously stated, a virtuous person wants to live a life filled with happiness a life that will make them grow into being a good person, or at least with the idea that they themselves are a good person. The same goes for an ethical …show more content…
Compared to a consequentialist with virtue ethics, we can see some difference between the two. Someone with virtue ethics thinks about the consequences and chooses to pursue happiness over sadness. They question what the consequences will be and question how someone else would take into account the situation that they are in. Their morals are what count here, if the decision that they make help their morals then what they was good. Someone who is non-consequentialist who goes by the natural law theory, or the divine command theory, would make a decision that may not directly affect their morals, and may not maximize happiness does compared to someone who has virtue ethics. For this same reason is why I believe virtue ethics to be a form of consequentialism, more closely to utilitarianism because they seek to maximize good over evil as well as

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