Utilitarianism + 8- steps


I found many parallels between the Managing Business Ethics article by Trevino and Nelson and the Utilitarianism and Business Ethics article by Snoeyenbos and Humber.  The utilitarianism theory is that we should act to bring about the best consequences; it does not matter if the act is right or wrong because the theory is based off of consequences, not the acts themselves. I feel this relates to Snoeyenbos and Humber’s 8- steps approach because if you follow the eight step approach by gathering the facts, finding the ethical issues, and so on, you will intern act for the best overall conclusion of your acts. In the 8- step approach you have to weigh not only your own outcomes of your acts but each stakeholders consequences to each action as well. This concept relates directly back to utilitarism, where each act is done based on its conclusions, not the features of why you are doing an act. If you follow the 8-step approach your actions will be based on an utilitarism concept rather than ethical egoism or altruism where you are doing actions to benefit yourself rather than to maximize utility overall.

 

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