Moral Deliberations and Ethical Theories- jan 28th

Moral Deliberations and Ethical Theories- jan 28th - Moral...

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Moral Deliberations and Ethical Theories Ch. 2 Sheila M. Smith With special thanks to Debbie Volker
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Ethical theories Provide an ordered set of moral standards to be used in assessing what is morally right and morally wrong regarding human action Framework for determining action when presented with a moral/ethical dilemma
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Utilitarianism (teleological theory) John Stuart Mill (1806-1873) & Jeremy Bentham (1748- 1832) The doctrine that utility is the sole standard of moral conduct; the doctrine of the greatest happiness (good) for the greatest number of people Focuses on the consequences or outcome of a decision or behavior; consideration of a person’s intentions, feelings or convictions is irrelevant. Teleological theory (telos = end) “The end justifies the means”
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Utilitarianism Are there general rules that determine which acts are right or wrong? Act utilitarianism Weighs a variety of actions and consequences in a particular situation ; select the action that maximizes
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Moral Deliberations and Ethical Theories- jan 28th - Moral...

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