doing things that can be said to be wrong before the fact; these wrong acts are defined by what are variously called rules, laws and constraints. For a deontologist, it is not the wrongness of the consequences of a particular lie or of lying in general that makes it wrong to lie. For them lies are wrong because of what they are, and they are therefore wrong even when they produce good consequences” Banks, C. (2013). Virtue Ethics “Virtue ethics began with Aristotle, who was interested in the kind of person we must become to lead the good life. Instead of posing the question “What ought I to do?” virtue ethics poses the question, “What kind of person should I become?” and contends that it is only when we have answered this question that we can determine what is the right thing to do” ( Banks, C. (2013). Virtue Ethics could be compared to Utilitarian and Deontology, because depending on if you’re asking what you ought to do, or who you ought to become that could possibly influence which ethic perspective you’d use.
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- Dr. Dustin D. Heuerman
- Ethics, utilitarian perspective