Ethics Glossary

Virtue (Character) Ethics  

The decision maker’s character is considered to be the origin and guide for the determination about what ought to be done in a given situation.  Primacy is given to the dispositions, motives, intentions, experience, and maturity of the decision maker more than to the results of the decision maker’s action (as in consequentialist ethics) or to shared principles/obligations of ethics (as in deontologic ethics).