Monday, July 20, 2009

On Ethics and Virtues.

Interesting notes By Dr. John Morris.

Deontological thinking rests on 2-3 fundamental principles -
1. Rights: Best captured under the rubric of “human rights”

2. Justice to include:
A. Distributive: how were outcomes provided
B. Procedural : what processes were used
C. Interactional: what communication processes were used and were they appropriate and/or fair.


3. Virtue ethics: what is moral/ethical is not only what rules dictate but also what the mature person with a “good” moral character would deem appropriate.

Virtue: an excellence in being. For humans (as opposed to angels and animals?) Excellence in being involves both right thought and right action. That is, virtue isn’t just thinking “right” thoughts but also involves “right” action.
Virtues include such things as:

Politeness
Fidelity
Prudence
Temperance
Courage
Justice
Generosity
Compassion
Mercy
Gratitude
Humility
Simplicity
Tolerance
Purity
Good faith
Humor
LOVE

Intresting self test... how many of the items can we check from the list?!