July 2, 2012
Theories will usually be used to help understand different beliefs; people are more likely to believe bits and pieces of different beliefs instead of the whole idea behind the theory. Theories are mostly used to help a person understand better about certain characters and to assist in figuring out exactly who they are and where they are going in life. There are similarities and differences when it comes to virtue theory, the utilitarianism theory and the deontological theory. Because these theories address ethics and morality differently it is a bit of a challenge to make a decision on which one you want to go with.
Virtue ethics theory addresses ethics by making it a challenge to decide whether or not to judge a person by their character or their actions. Virtue ethics theory stand on the ...view middle of the document...
One of the greatest gifts a person could have is to be able to sacrifice by putting ourselves last and this is one of the lessons that morals teach us. In order for this theory to work even though it is morally based we would have to coordinate it with the ethical part of ourselves so that we as people could work together to form a social contract.
Deontological ethics are based on one’s principles. Its duty is based on human reasoning and human actions. Because this theory puts a great emphasis on a person’s obligations this theory is more ethical. When someone has an obligation or duty like in your job it requires a code of ethics. The code of ethics in a company is a mutual understanding that an employee will do what they are required to do within those guidelines. Sometimes what may be the moral thing to do may not be the ethical thing to do.
The similarities between all three theories are a person’s morals and ethics are always being challenged, yet they are also requiring morals and ethics to support the theories. Differences between the three theories are that virtue uses both morals and ethics, utilitarianism is more morals and deontological is more ethical.
Being in the Human Resources department I believe is based more on deontological because it is all about what is ethical. You have to take the emotion out of your decision because if you do not it will cause you to make a wrong decision for the company. I was put in a position where my fiancé and his mother worked at my company and I was told that my fiancés mother was going to be laid off after the weekend (which was Mother’s Day weekend). I was not able to say anything to her because it would have been unethical of me; however the moral part of me wanted to say something so that she was prepare.
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