Ethical Theories Term Paper by Nicky

Ethical Theories
An overview of the major ethical theories.
# 145016 | 1,033 words | 3 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 22, 2010 in Religion and Theology (Christianity) , Philosophy (Ethics) , Ethics (General)

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The paper outlines the major ethical theories of utilitarianism, hedonism, epicureanism, ethical relativism and situation ethics. The paper notes the origins and applications of these theories. The paper also examines each theory in the light of Christian ethical values.

Ethical Relativism
Situation Ethics

From the Paper:

"Utilitarianism is the ethical school of thought dedicated to the analysis of the consequences of human action in terms of their effects of society. It is most associated with the philosophical teachings of Jeremy Bentham and John Stewart Mill in the 18th
and 19th centuries. Specifically, utilitarianism emphasizes the utility of actions and their benefit to others and equates morality with the achievement of that which is beneficial to the greatest number of people. In that regard, the interests of the individual are always less important than benefit of many (Dershowitz, 2002)."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Dershowitz, A. M. (2002). Shouting Fire: Civil Liberties in a Turbulent Age. New York: Little Brown & Co.
  • Egner, R.E., Denonn, L.E. (2002). The Basic Writings of Bertrand Russell. London: Routledge.
  • Hursthouse, R. (1999) On Virtue Ethics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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