Ethical Theory Of Virtue

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When one hears the word “virtue” they think of righteousness and excellence. A person’s character is the entirety of his character trait. Our traits can go from being morally good, bad or somewhere in between. They can be laudable or not. The laudable character traits, the marks of greatness in character, are called virtues. “Virtue Theory maintains that our primary moral responsibility is to develop a virtuous personal character, a character full of virtues” (Burnor 219). Everyone is born with the potential of becoming virtuous, but it is according to their function and situation. We must be able to perform morally right acts with morally right intentions. In other words, we must act upon morally right situations because it is our intuition. …show more content…
For example, an old lady drops all of her groceries Person A helps her just because it is the right thing to do and he is obligated to and Person B helps her because he wants to help her and knows it’s the right thing to do. Person B would generally be admired by more people than Person A because it was his intuition to help the old lady. He didn’t feel obligated to help her because it was out of good intentions that he did. Non-virtue ethical theories like Deontology refers to the study of duty and obligation. They differ from virtue ethics in their reliance on general rules or principles based on moral actions (Sim 196). It rejects consequentialism and utilizes rules strictly. You are obligated to do your duty whether you like it or not. It objects virtue ethics because it disregards consequences and intentions. Deontologists object virtue ethics also because they are all based upon the rules, whereas virtue ethics focus on what we think is morally right depending on the situation. However, I think that it is good that virtue ethics is situational. Because in certain cases, it is necessary to break the moral rules for the purpose of doing something morally right. For example, a boy may be stuck with taking a leadership position that can possibly help him get into college in the future and or decline the offer to stay with his mother who is ill. The boy chooses …show more content…
Virtues have moral value because their effects have value for humans. This virtue engages in our personal feelings more than the obligation virtues (Burton 225). It important to like the actions you are committing. Virtue ethics are also good because there is no room for failure “One is not necessarily a moral failure for being weak” (Burton 225) in a particular virtue area (social and generosity). This states that there is always room for improvement. It takes years for a person to develop virtue skills. As long as you are doing the morally right act and doing it because you want to. One may not be a hundred

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