“Schools of ethics in Western philosophy can be divided, very roughly, into three sorts. The first, drawing on the work of Aristotle, holds that the virtues (such as justice, charity, and generosity) are dispositions to act in ways that benefit both the person possessing them and that person’s society. The second, defended particularly by Kant, makes the concept of duty central to morality: humans are bound, from a knowledge of their duty as rational beings, to obey the categorical imperative to respect other rational beings. Thirdly, utilitarianism asserts that the guiding principle of conduct should be the greatest happiness or benefit of the greatest number.”
—New Oxford American Dictionary
What are ethics and why are they important?
Discussion about ethics can be quite complex, and the process of making ethical decisions in your organization may suffer because of the difficulty of applying ethics in real situations. Dr. Hayes clarifies expectations about how your organization’s mission and core values advise ethical responses in circumstances that you experience everyday.
How does one decide what is ethical?
Common sense morality is not always sufficient. When you are working in your official capacity as an employee, you are acting on behalf of your employer: it may not always be clear what choices your organization would endorse. Practical training based on the core values of your organization targets real life situations.
Does ethical training work ?
Ethical training cannot turn a vicious person into a virtuous person, but it can equip one to navigate the ethical challenges arising in the specialized roles we take on in our careers.