Ethics, Ethics And The Virtue Of Ethics

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Virtue of Ethics. Virtue of ethics is based on principles and the virtues of individuals. This approach is based or featured on the individual rather than the actions a person takes. It focuses on the “virtue and moral character of the individual or person performing the action” (Rachel’s & Rachel’s, 2015, p. 159). “Duties” and “rules” are not the focus to this approach as like with the deontological approach (Rachel’s & Rachel’s, 2015, p. 159-160). It also does not focus on the consequences of action like the consequentialist approach does when it comes to ethics. It does however, still consider and focus on whether the action is right or wrong. The virtue of ethics is more of a “guide of characteristics and behaviors” of how an individual…show more content…
How do they fit into our work or career? Virtue ethics believes that that people who live virtuously has the ability to know or sense right from wrong. People do have virtues, but every individual is different and may not live by the same virtues. Working in substance abuse we need to be fair, compassionate, trustworthy, honest, etc., but living virtuously does not mean we are good people. Think about companies we heard about employees embezzle money after years of being with a company. Other virtues come into play as we progress as individuals and professionals, things, people and places can cause individual’s to lose track of their virtues down the line. Deontological approach to ethics is based on obligation or obligations. Employees of an organization are to obey the rules. This is more important than the outcome of a person’s action. Employees are to have an understanding of the rules, and act on moral obligation through binding principles governed by the employer. Those principles are to be followed no matter what the circumstances may be. With working in substance abuse unique ethical dilemmas such as clients and counselors forming a sexual relationship can arise. This is unacceptable and is a principle that is included in an appropriate code of ethics, and employees are obligated to obey. Many do not follow this obligations because their emotions and behavior cloud their judgement. The consequentialist approach believes in judging the consequences of a behavior or action when determining if it’s right or wrong. Actions that produce a greater number or good are right and those that don’t or reduce happiness in the world are wrong. In the workplace and life sometimes it not all peaches and cream. Sometimes the greater good for one can cause greater harm to others. Take for instance for the last 20 years I have been donating to five separate charities. Doing a
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