Virtue Ethics Virtue Theory, Utilitarianism, Essay

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Deontological ethics are based on other theories that focus on duty and obligation. Immanuel Kant (1785) argued that an individual should "always act in such a way that you can also will that the maxim of your action become universal law" (p. v). It can be argued that Kant's arguments are echoed in a quote often attributed to Ghandi, "Be the change you want to see in the world" (Lewis, 2011). In other words, deontological ethics contend that individuals should lead by example and establish moral precedent through their virtuous actions.

Each of these theories is seen every day through in our actions and decisions. One of the virtue theories that I strive to embody is Eudemonism, which encourages me to be the best that I can be, and put forth the effort necessary to be successful in my endeavors. I believe that by being the best person I can be, or being the best student I can be, I not only demonstrate discipline, but that I also acquire the tools and knowledge necessary to take what I have learned and use it to help others. By being the best person I can be, I also set an example for others and am transformed into a role model, not only for my fellow students, but also for younger generations of my family. It is through hard work and dedication that I will be able to accomplish my academic and professional goals, and help to make a difference in other people's lives.

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References:

Athanassoulis, N. (2004, August 28). Virtue Ethics. Keele University, United Kingdom.

Updated 7 July 2010. Retrieved 15 April 2013.

Bentham, J. (1776). Fragment on Government. Retrieved 15 April 2013, from http://www.constitution.org/jb/frag_gov.htm

Day, C.D. (1997). Notes on utilitarianism. Retrieved 15 April 2013, from http://webs.wofford.edu/kaycd/ethics/util.htm

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