Ethics made easy
Getting to grips with the main features of the different ethical theories can be daunting. Daniel K Sokol and Gillian Bergson make it a bit simpler
- By: Daniel K Sokol, Gillian Bergson
You may already have heard a little about some of the ethical theories that are used to guide and justify ethical decisions. The four principles approach to ethical decisions comprises consequentialism, deontology (duty based ethics), virtue ethics, and principlism.
To provide an insight into each of the main approaches, we have invited representatives of each ethical theory to comment on the case of Adam Zapple, a naive young man who is tempted.
Adam Zapple is feeling peckish. On his way home, he notices an elderly woman biting into an appetising apple. Although only 10 minutes away from his well stocked fridge, Adam considers mugging Granny to steal her juicy looking apple. Should he do so? Over to our expert panel.
Colin, the consequentialist - Well, this is an easy one. It's obvious that, on balance, mugging Granny will cause more harm than good. Sure, Adam will enjoy the apple, but