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Ethical Constructs

Discussion Question 1: Define the following terms: deontological, teleological, utilitarianism, consequentialism, rights-based ethics, human-nature ethics.
Discuss how each term relates to ethics by providing an example for each term.

Discussion Question 2: Explain the importance of ethics to you as as student and as a professional.
As a student, how is ethics related to critical thinking? How is is important to academic honesty?
As a professional, how is ethics important as it relates to your professional values, treatment of customers, and business integrity?

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Define the following terms: deontological, teleological, utilitarianism, consequentialism, rights-based ethics, human-nature ethics. Discuss how each term relates to ethics by providing an example for each term.

A deontological approach to ethics focuses moral values and rightness or wrongness of actions. So behaving morally means following our duties while behaving immorally is a sign of failing to do our duties. Teleological ethics refers to purposive goal-directed behavior or explanation. For example behaving morally and choosing the correct moral values means understanding of what will result from our choices and they should have correct consequences. If there are incorrect consequences then this means that we are behaving immorally. Utilitarianism is doing the morally right action which promotes or tends to produce the best overall consequences and produces ...

Solution Summary

The solution discusses deontological, teleological, utilitarianism, consequentialism, and other forms of ethical constructs. It also discusses its importance in business.

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