Capstone Essay.docx - My Personal Metaethical Theory Applied to Sustainable and Economic Development Capstone Essay ETHC101-B16 LUO Contents

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My Personal Metaethical Theory Applied to Sustainable and Economic DevelopmentCapstone EssayETHC101-B16 LUO
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ContentsIntroduction………………………………………………………………………………………1Virtue Ethics….……………………….………………………………………………………….1Divine Nature Theory….…….……….………………………………………………………….3Revelational Christian Ethics.……….……….………………………….……...………...…….4Economic Development vs. The Environment………………………...………….……………5Conclusion.………………………………………...…….………………………………….……8Bibliography.………………...…………………………………………………………………...9ii
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IntroductionIn this paper, my challenge will be to apply the personal metaethical theory that I developed in Discussion Board Three to a case involving economic development and the affect that it may have on the environment and the community in general. I will be attempting to answer the question, “Should economic development be allowed if there is a possibility of harm to the environment?” There are numerous issues to explore in this scenario, and I will be approaching this subject from a Christian viewpoint, utilizing aspects from my ethical theory in an attempt to find a way of appeasing all parties without compromising my Christian values.The personal metaethical theory that I developed in this course is a fusion of several theories: Virtue Ethics, Divine Nature Theory, and Revelational Christian Ethics.I will describe my philosophy in detail, and then apply it to the scenario that was presented in the book Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach1.Virtue EthicsI described my theory as afusionof the three theories that I mentioned above. I agree with most aspects of these, however, there are attributes of this particular theory that may have uncertain results depending on the individuals involved. Dr. Jones explains in his book that, “Perhaps a better approach to metaethics would be to seek a principle that can be used in evaluating the morality of actions. A principle would be mucheasier to remember than a long list of rights and wrongs. Furthermore, a principle could illuminate for us not only what is morally right but also why it is right.”2Aristotle was the first toestablish virtue ethics as a distinct philosophical discipline, and this is a principle that is widely 1Stivers, Laura A., Christine E. Gudorf, and James B. Martin-Schramm. Christian Ethics: A Case Method Approach, 4th ed. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2012.
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