Aug 15, 2018
In general, I've seen philosophers "bucket" normative ethics into 3 primary categories:
However, I would prefer to combine virtue ethics and deontology to create a binary distinction:
I'm not an expert philosopher by any means (heh), but this makes more intuitive sense to me. When we think about "how to do good", the 1st clear question is "are you thinking about your actions (means) or the outcomes of those actions (ends)?" For me, virtue ethics and deontology are two ways to think about your actions. i.e. Deontology—Do your actions align with some duty/rule? Or Virtue Ethics—Do your actions align with some moral character traits?