Dimensions of Ethics: Utilitarian Approach


Topics Covered

Utilitarian Theory with examples, Applicability and limitations of Utilitarian theory.


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   N. Vijay Kumar

In this section, we'll try to understand how ethics in a society (like India, America, etc.,) are being shaped. What are the factors that effect these principles. In the later part of this section we'll also try and understand what are the factors that effect an individual's ethical decisions.

Determinants of ethics:

  1. Society
  2. Time
  3. Goal
  4. History

Determinants of Ethical Compliance:

  1. Feelings
  2. Circumstances
  3. Expectations on end results
  4. Culturally accepted norms
  5. Legislation