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Virtue Ethics v Moral Relativism

Virtue Ethics refers to believing that ethical behavior is based on a set of virtues that are morally valid without any consideration to the action or subsequent outcome. Moral Relativism refers to being able to define ethical behavior based upon the context. Which do you agree with as a basis for ethical action and why?

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Virtue ethics are good as a theory, but it means that every decision must be made based on the principles rather than the situation. This means, as a teacher, I would have to tell a student they cannot write because it is apparent they have no grammar training or understanding of sentences and structures. However, this is not exactly true since people can learn and improve. The very nature of virtue ethics means making decisions based on one's own moral character and virtues. Does not leave a lot of room for ...

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Discussion on the opinion of the author about virtual ethics and moral relativism.