Forms of Moral Thoughtfulness

Michael J. Hartwig, Ph.D., Tim Mize, M.S., Moe Armstrong, M.A.

 

Forms of Moral Thoughtfulness

Consequentialist

Looking at consequences

End justifies means

Goal is to maximize good/minimize harm

Challenge of comparing short/long-term goods and harms

Obligation/deontological

Looking at moral rules, principles

Acting on principle regardless of consequences

Professional codes of behavior

Legal codes of behavior

Virtue

Looking at the impact of action on one’s character – on character goods (virtues)

Virtue grows with good action done for the right reason

Vice grows with bad action or good actions done for bad reasons

Justice

Looking at issues of fairness

To each his/her due

Treat similar cases similarly and dissimilar cases dissimilarly

  • Libertarian
  • Egalitarian
  • Utilitarian

 

 
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