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Question: Justify the subjectively of ethical viewpoints and their impact on decision making

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Ethical viewpoints are inherently subjective because they are influenced by various factors that can significantly vary from one individual to another. These factors include one's personal beliefs, cultural background, religion, upbringing, life experiences, and personal values, among others. This diversity in viewpoints is crucial as it fuels debates, drives growth, and contributes to ethical pluralism. One's ethical viewpoint will not only determine how they perceive right from wrong but will also guide their reactions and decisions in response to various situations or dilemmas. For example, a person with a utilitarian ethical viewpoint might make decisions based on the greatest good for the greatest number, while someone with a deontological viewpoint might focus more on the morality of the action itself, irrespective of the outcome. The subjectivity of ethical viewpoints consequently has a profound impact on decision making. That's because decisions aren't made in a vacuum; they mirror one’s ethical standpoint. For instance, in a business setting, a leader's decision to prioritize employee welfare over profits could be seen as unwise from a purely economic perspective. However, through the lens of an ethical viewpoint that values human welfare and dignity, such a decision could be considered morally right. Hence, the practicality of any decision often defers to the ethical viewpoint behind it. This subjectivity underscores the importance of ethical diversity, fairness, and robust deliberations in decision-making processes. Solutions should be aimed at achieving a balance that respects everyone's ethical viewpoints to maintain harmony and mutual respect.

Answered by gpt-4

July 11, 2023, 6:59 a.m.

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Published: Tuesday, July 11, 2023

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