Difference Between Virtue Ethics, And Virtue Ethics

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Catholic Social Teachings, also known as Catholic Social Justice, and virtue ethics share a common ground within their beliefs. Although one pertains to Christianity and the other to Catholicism, they both contain similar rules to live by. The rules of Catholic Social Teachings (CST) and virtue ethics can also be related to those of people with no faith. I believe that this is held to be true because all people have a quota, or certain goal, that they wish to accomplish during their lifetime. Thus, there must be a path, containing these rules that lead every individual on the right way towards their end goal. The points where these paths cross is where CST, virtue ethics, and people with no faith, all come together and share a step in their…show more content…
In virtue ethics, “a virtuous person is morally a good person,” a person must have good morals and self-characteristics that they share upon others to become a good person (MacKinnonn, 92). The difference between virtue ethics and CST in this example is that virtue ethics are more personal than CST. “The development of a virtuous character insures that people can act morally by habit…” (Heidt, 11). In virtue ethics you must make your own good character before worrying about anyone else. Whereas CST focuses more on everybody accomplishing their goals to be a good person. CST heavily relies on the common good, you have a right to participate in society and take consideration for those who have less than you. CST wants everybody to be a good person and lend a helping hand to one another and not be focused on yourself first and then the others around you. CST teaches this way because, “… all people are created in the image and likeness of God … each individual maintains an inherent dignity and an infinite worth” (Zalot and Guevin, 55). People with no faith can also choose to live life as a good person. The only difference is that they don’t have a God telling them what is morally wrong or right. Overall, whether you follow virtue ethics, CST or have no faith, each person can be a good…show more content…
There are no laws telling a person right from wrong. “It is important to clarify, however, that these principles are not laws or commandments that dictate exactly what one should or should not do in a particular situation” (Zalot and Guevin, 54). With virtue ethics and CST there are only rules to live by. However, not following these rules will not get you grounded or put in jail for doing the wrong thing. Of course, with virtue ethics and CST, God is watching over you and there are Ten Commandments that you must follow. But, that is not what CST or virtue ethics are about. Also, we have confession for a reason, everybody sins, some maybe a little more than others. But, in God’s eyes, all sins are equal in such a way that they separate us from God, but he forgives. It is a person’s choice to follow the rules or break them. Clearly, this also applies to those with no faith because they do not even have a God looking over them; it is all on their shoulders to make the right, or wrong, choices. Therefore, it is up to that individual to make their own decisions because whether they follow virtue ethics, CST, or no faith, there are no

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