April 28, 2013
The three theories of virtue, utilitarianism, and deontological are tied together by a few common threads. Humans are each of these in certain situations. Some people live their lives by one theory over the other two. Culture and upbringing are the cornerstones for how a person reacts to each of these theories. My father preferred the utilitarianism theory primarily, I looked up to him in so many ways and I tend to think that he passed on his beliefs to me.
Virtue ethics is also sometimes called agent-based or character ethics. It takes the
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2009). This theory is seen in day-to-day corporate business. The North
American textile factories were closed eliminating thousands of jobs to hard-working Americans.
Corporate leaders decided it was cheaper to export the making of clothes, shoes, and fabrics to
other countries such as India, China, and Thailand for cheap labor costs and low overhead. This
business tactic saved each corporation millions of dollars, but ultimately adversely affected local
economies such as Detroit, Michigan, and Akron, Ohio. The top executives of these companies
made millions in salary and bonuses, but the hard-working assembly line employee was out of
work because of selfish top executives forgetting the important slogan "Made In America".
Deontology is a moral theory that emphasizes one’s duty to do a particular action just
because the action, itself, is inherently right and not through any other sorts of calculations such
as the consequences of the action (Boylan, M. 2009). Deontology falls in sequence with Virtue,
both actions are morally and ethically correct. Utilitarianism can at times...