A Comparison Of Kantian And Utiliarian Ethical Approaches

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Hinman believes that Kantian and Utilitarian approaches are too formal with the consequences as they debate the ultimate principles or rules by which we are to govern our actions. The doctrine of Aristotle refocuses attention less exclusively on the evaluation of conduct and more on the formation of moral character, allowing the agent to contemplate “what kind of person should I be?” within a situation, rather than “what ought I do?” as dictated by the maxim...
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Aristotle’s ethics are more ethics of character rather than ethics of action with the virtues and vices of a person based upon the strengths and weaknesses that promote or impede human character. Aristotle’s doctrine is relevant to the present era as his concept of Human Flourishing takes into account the human need to attain happiness, as when “when flourishing is approached through analysis of function” (pg 274) people are able to deliberate what is good for their life and for those around them...
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