A Framework for Thinking Ethically

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Unformatted text preview: his
approach
suggests
that
the
interlocking
relationships
of
society
 are
the
basis
of
ethical
reasoning
and
that
respect
and
compassion
for
all
others‐especially
the
 vulnerable‐are
requirements
of
such
reasoning.
This
approach
also
calls
attention
to
the
common
 conditions
that
are
important
to
the
welfare
of
everyone.
This
may
be
a
system
of
laws,
effective
police
 and
fire
departments,
health
care,
a
public
educational
system,
or
even
public
recreational
areas.

 
 The
Virtue
Approach
 
 A
very
ancient
approach
to
ethics
is
that
ethical
actions
ought
to
be
consistent
with
certain
ideal
virtues
 that
provide
for
the
full
development
of
our
humanity.
These
virtues
are
dispositions
and
habits
that
 enable
us
to
act
according
to
the
highest
potential
of
our
character
and
on
behalf
of
values
like
truth
and
 beauty.
Honesty,
courage,
compassion,
generosity,
tolerance,
love,
fidelity,
integrity,
fairness,
self‐control,
 and
prudence
are
all
examples
of
virtues.
Virtue
ethics
asks
of
any
action,
"What
kind
of
perso...
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This note was uploaded on 07/20/2010 for the course SOC 308 taught by Professor Kurtz during the Summer '07 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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