Topic – Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
7) All ethical theories and concepts have their own strengths as well as limitations. Discuss in the context of deontological ethics. (250 words)
Discuss- This is an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. We also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the strengths as well as limitations of deontological ethics.
Structure of the answer
Introduction– write a few lines about deontological ethics- its approach and key proponents.
- Discuss in points, the strengths of the deontological ethics.e.g emphasises the value of every human being; provides ‘certainty’ of behaviour/ action; deals with intentions and motives; Kantian duty-based ethics says that some things should never be done, no matter what good consequences they produce. This seems to reflect the way some human beings think; Rossian duty-based ethics modified this to allow various duties to be balanced, which, it could be argued, is an even better fit to the way we think etc.
- Discuss in points the limitations of the deontological ethics. E.g Duty-based ethics sets absolute rules. The only way of dealing with cases that don’t seem to fit is to build a list of exceptions to the rule; allows acts that make the world a less good place because duty-based ethics is not interested in the results it can lead to courses of action that produce a reduction in the overall happiness of the world; Duty-based ethics doesn’t deal well with the cases where duties are in conflict.
Conclusion– Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.