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Running head: MAKING MORAL DECISION 1
Making Moral Decision
Vanessa McAndrew
Capella University

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MAKING MORAL DECISION 2
Making Moral Decision
Introduction
Characteristically, normative ethics concentrates on moral norms. Morals mean doing the
right thing and not harming others in any social setting while ethics concentrate on moral
principles. Normative ethics endeavors to offer a general theory where individuals are told how
to they should live. Consequently, normative ethics can be understood as a philosophy of morals.
Nonetheless, it fails to clarify the good qualities that people should possess (Beauchamp et al.,
2004). This essay will describe an ethical situation that requires making decisions ethically and
apply normative theory approaches to this situation. It will also provide disadvantages and
advantages of every approach after discussing each theory.
Ethical situation
Smith works in the HR department of a big company in LA. Smith’s boss and friend,
Dottie the HR manager of the company shares with him that she is involved in a romantic
relationship with a former employee of the company, Danny, who was separated from the
company for poor performance. Dotty wants to regain Danny in the organization though he has
not been away for not more than six months as stipulated by the organization rules and policies.
Smith is a friend with Dotty, Dottie’s husband, and Danny’s wife. Dotty asks Smith not to tell
anybody about their sexual relationship with Danny and to request the branch manager to hire
Danny for their branch. Smith also gets a call from Betty, Danny’s wife, asking him if he knows
why Danny and Dotty have been seen meeting recently.
The above situation has several elements and has consequences, virtues, and duties that
do not comply with one another. Fundamentally, there are three normative theory approaches,
that is, deontological ethics, virtue ethics and teleological ethics. These approaches have

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Running head: MAKING MORAL DECISION Making Moral Decision Vanessa McAndrew Capella University 1 MAKING MORAL DECISION 2 Making Moral Decision Introduction Characteristically, normative ethics concentrates on moral norms. Morals mean doing the right thing and not harming others in any social setting while ethics concentrate on moral principles. Normative ethics endeavors to offer a general theory where individuals are told how to they should live. Consequently, normative ethics can be understood as a philosophy of morals. Nonetheless, it fails to clarify the good qualities that people should possess (Beauchamp et al., 2004). This essay will describe an ethical situation that requires making decisions ethically and apply normative theory approaches to this situation. It will also provide disadvantages and advantages of every approach after discussing each theory. Ethical situation Smith works in the HR department of a big company in LA. Smith’s boss and friend, Dottie the HR manager of the company shares with him that she is involved in a romantic relationship with a former employee of the company, Danny, who was separated from the company for poor performance. Dotty wants to regain Danny in the organization though he has not been away for not more than six months as stipulated by the organization rules and policies. Smith is a friend with Dotty, Dottie’s husband, and Danny’s wife. Dotty asks Smith not to tell anybody about their sexual relationship with Danny and t ...
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