Utilitarianism, Deontology, And Virtue Theory Essay

1608 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Do I think utilitarianism, deontology, and virtue theory is right? Utilitarianism is acts that make people happy are right, and acts that cause pain to people are bad actions. Deontology is where an act must be done from a sense of duty to have moral worth. Virtue theory is says people must act how other people would act in that situation. These theories all seem to have one flaw in common. The only consider the actions of someone and not the intentions as well. I think actions are very important, but so are the intentions someone has. There are other factors that are wrong with the individual theories, but they all have one problem in common. If intentions were taking into consideration, it would make the theories seem more accurate and have less problems with it. I would say utilitarianism is a fairly accurate theory, but not completely. If a person’s actions make themselves and others happy, then it is right. If someone’s actions cause people pain and sadness, then it is wrong. The only problem I see with this theory though, is it does not consider the intentions or motives someone may have. My reason being, if someone had the intentions of harming or murdering someone. They get close to committing the crime, but they get caught and it doesn’t happen, this theory says they did nothing wrong because they did cause harm. If this were to happen, the person who attempted the crime would be in trouble and would get consequences from their actions. That is why I say this…

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