We are fortunate to have a variety of ethical theories that provide a substantial framework when trying to make ethically correct answers. Each ethical theory attempts to adhere to the ethical principles that lead to success when trying to reach the best decision. When one understands each individual theory, including its strengths and weaknesses, one can make the most informed decision when trying to achieve an ethically correct answer to a dilemma.
Even though people usually base their individual choice of ethical theory upon their life experiences (1,2). Each of these theories is seen every day through in our actions and decisions. One of the virtue theories that I can ...view middle of the document...
The utilitarian ethical theory is founded on the ability to predict the consequences of an action. To a utilitarian, the choice that yields the greatest benefit to the most people is the choice that is ethically correct. One benefit of this ethical theory is that the utilitarian can compare similar predicted solutions and use a point system to determine which choice is more beneficial for more people. This point system provides a logical and rationale argument for each decision and allows a person to use it on a case-by-case context (1,2).
The virtue ethical theory judges a person by his character rather than by an action that may deviate from his normal behavior. It takes the person's morals, reputation and motivation into account when rating an unusual and irregular behavior that is considered unethical.
Of course I have millions of stories I could share because this is something I can relate to in my life that is ongoing. I am constantly having to make these ethical choices, one thing that I find myself always doing is helping others. My goal is always to help someone else as long as the need is there and I am able to do so. I don’t do this for anything other than the intentions to make someone else’s life just a little easier. I know that right now at this very moment that I do and always have loved helping people. I always want to be involved in positive up lifting things. I feel like sometimes all it takes is for one person to show they care. That alone can change someone’s life. Not...