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HannaCooper on April 2, 2021
Character ethics portends that an individual progress in life, business or workplace should be based on their character. The purpose of this essay is to look at, from a character-based ethics view, the sub-types of character-based ethic, particularly virtue ethics and ethics of self-realization theory. This writing will also, from the virtue ethics view, look at ethical issues surrounding abortion.
The virtue ethics focuses on that which makes an individual inherently good, rather than on what makes a particular action ethical. Virtue ethics scholars like Madison Powers says that ethics must surround an individual`s character as the main factor of thinking, than disciplining themselves with rigid rules to govern their actions and consequences. According to theologian James F Keenan, virtue ethics encompasses justice, fidelity, prudence and self-care (Keenan & Kotva, 1999). Abortion normally, has been debated on politics and the law, whether the act should be treated as case of murder or should be outlawed. I believe that life begins on conception, and therefore, the fetus should be treated as a person who deserves justice, care, and subjected to equal prudent treatment just like any other human being.
The virtue ethics and the self-realization theories are popular because of the many strengths it comes with them (Darwall, 2003). These theories examine the moral agent, treats human relationships with the dignity it deserves, acknowledges the importance of human responsibilities and emotions (Greenstone, 2011). However, the theories come with its shortcomings too; for example, Robert Louden says that the theory only focuses on the individual and cannot solve major problems and dilemmas. The virtue can only serve to make the individual virtuous, but cannot address the person`s ethical crisis (Louden, 2011).
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