Types of Ethics

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Normative ethics is a component of ethics that explores the criteria of what is right and what is wrong. It involves the creation of moral rules that affect our actions, those of larger groups and life in general. As it explores how basic moral standards are created and justified, the generated answers fall within certain categories. This paper will explore and contrast three types: virtue ethics, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics.

Deontological Ethics
Deontological ethics place emphasis on the relationship between duty and the morality of our actions. Here, an action is considered morally good because of some trait of the action itself, not the end result. In other words, the correct moral choice depends on our understanding of our moral duties and the existing rules that regulate them. When we uphold our duties, we are in essence, acting morally. One of the key distinction of deontological ethics is that acts that are considered morally obligatory are independent of the consequences the principles it upholds might have. “If our moral duty is not to lie, then lying is always wrong - even if the results harm others. You would be acting immorally if you lied to Nazis about where Jews were hiding: (Cline, 2014).
In the business world, deontological principles provide a good framework for avoiding ethical issues for its somewhat “absolutist” nature. In business, this principle emphasizes that meeting expectations and honoring company policies are the driving forces behind actions and behaviors that are considered correct. There is an inherent obligation to act or behave in a certain manner and this morally binding nature allows deontological ethics to structure the workplace. As a hiring manager for Apple, I do lots of paperwork for new hires. One of our policies expects me to gather identification documents and scan them at one of our retail…...

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