For many years, people have argued the idea of what is truly right or wrong. Many adopt ethical traditions and live their life based on the theories passed down from generation to generation. These ethical traditions include the virtue theory, utilitarianism, and deontological ethics. This essay will discuss the differences between these particular theories.
To begin, here is a brief description each theory. The virtue theory deals primarily with personality traits or a person’s mindset. In other words, the virtue theory gives emphasis to the character of an individual. Utilitarianism gives the idea that a person’s actions are only right if it capitalizes on the good or reduces bad. Utilitarianism is all about the well being of the majority. The deontological theory focus on the duties obligated to people, which determines what actions are considered right or wrong, regardless of its consequences.
There are obvious differences in these theories. For example, deontological focus on the actions of a person and virtue focuses on the character of a person. Because personality traits are developed in youth, the virtue theory is something parents or guardians should introduce to children as early as possible. The deontological theory, on the other hand, becomes useful at any age, whether it is earlier or later in life. The Utilitarianism theory is all together different in that it will focus on the character or the action of a person only if it benefits the overall good of the people. ("Seven Pillar Institute", n.d.).
A personal experience I encountered with the demonological theory came with the birth of my first child. I was young and not ready, but I knew what was right. It was my duty to take care of my son because I was his mother. I wanted to enjoy my life without responsibility, but the morals distilled in me from my mother made me choose the health and happiness of my child. No one made this chose for me, so I feel I was very...