Friday, January 30, 2009

Pluaralistic Theory

My philosophy on ethics follows closely the philosophy of William D. Ross whose book, The Right and the Good, outlined the duties found in the Pluralistic Theory of Value. I feel that duties help navigate me in deciding my ethics. I find the duties of fidelity to be essential. Promising someone something and following through validates who you are. I follow the quote, “A man is only as strong as his word.” I feel the duties of the beneficence are bound to the common good of humanity. Many in the world require more help than others. Boiled down, life and death precedes comfort and discomfort. The duties of gratitude are an indicator on how we treat others. It is based on the previous acts of someone. However, if we know a person solely on the current act it can be easy, yet hard to discern the level of gratitude you offer. But, our gratitude for a parent or spouse is deeper than that of a stranger who opens a door for us. At times the duties-based philosophy tends to be temperamental and conditional. Life in general is not black and white and my ethical philosophy has depended on the condition of events. The duties based philosophy tends to aid me in the conditional issues.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with what you say. I think a person's word is a very binding contract, but sadly not many people have that same understanding. It is too bad that ethics aren't as easy as these philosophers seem to make it sound. It seems easy until there is a decision involved that could hurt someone you love, or ruin a strangers life.