Week 4 Assignment-Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making

Week 4 Assignment-Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making

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Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making 1 Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making Melissa Krol ACC 260 June 30, 2010 Instructor Name: Lyndon Ford Axia College University of Phoenix
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Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making 2 Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making There are three philosophical theories to ethical decision making. These theories are consequentialism, deontology, and virtue ethics. Consequentialism is the theory that ethical decisions should be made on the basis of the outcome or consequences of the action. Deontology is the theory that deals with duties and rights. Virtue ethics are concerned with the encouraging aspects of moral character demonstrated or displayed by decision makers. Scenario 1 In this scenario the Mayor has a difficult decision on his hands. He must decide if land that houses a nursing home and senior citizen recreation center should be developed to house a large mall and resort. This new development would bring in $150 million a year from tourism and would create several hundred new jobs. On the other hand, deciding to go with this development would cause 30 people to be out of work and affect the lives of 100 senior citizens. Deciding not to develop the land and leave things as they are would not bring the economic boost the community needs. The new jobs and the funds from tourism would give the communities economy the boost it needs. Using the consequentialism theory and weighing the consequences of developing or against those of not developing the land along with who benefits is how I would go about making my decision and based on what I discussed if I were the mayor I would go with developing the land and look into finding a new home for the nursing home. I would also try to relocate the recreation center also but because the recreation center only benefits the senior citizens in the community doing this would not be a major concern. I think this is the most ethical choice because everyone in the community would benefit
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Week 4 Assignment-Critiquing Philosophical Approaches to Ethical Decision Making

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