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SOC120 – Week 2 – discussion 1 – The Three Ethical Perspectives

SOC120 – Week 2 – discussion 1 – The Three Ethical Perspectives

1st Post Due by Day 3. The Three Ethical Perspectives. In Chapter 1 you studied the three ethical perspectives (relativism, emotivism, and ethical egoism), and in Chapter 2 you saw examples of how to apply ethical theories and perspectives to various concrete issues. The purpose of this discussion is to help you understand and apply ethical perspectives. Prepare and post a response to the following prompt: • Define and contrast the three ethical perspectives. How do the perspectives differ from the ethical theories? What does each ethical perspective tell us about morality and virtue? • Think of an issue that has occurred in your community during the past year. This may be a public issue that has generated interest in the press, or it may be something that has come up in your child’s school, in your church, in a social club you belong to, or in your neighborhood. Describe the issue, and then analyze the issue from the viewpoint of one of the ethical perspectives. Apply the perspective to the issue in the same way that the author applies the theories and perspectives to the issues in the text. Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required material(s) and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references. Respond to at least two of your classmates’ posts by Day 7.




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The three ethical perspectives

            Relativism is a challenge to both the tradition and ethical theory. It is more of moral skepticism.  Egoism questions the need of moral rules and the need of their existence. Emotivism is an ethical principle that suggests that ethics and ethical decision is also guided by emotions. These perspectives somehow differ from the ethical principles. Ethical principles advocate for the right to be done. The ethical principles are also more directed towards the consequences of ones actions. The ethical perspective on the other hand questions…


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