Ethical Theory Matrix

Ethical Theory Matrix

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Drawing from the material covered in the resources as well as your own research, complete this assessment using the attached document

  • For each theory, first describe the decision criteria. The decision criteria are the instructions the theory gives for how to reach the morally correct choice in a situation that requires action.
  • Then, provide your own example of how someone might act using the decision criteria of the theory.
  • Finally, briefly describe the strengths and weaknesses of each theory using the last two columns of the Ethical Theory Matrix Template.

The suggested resources for this assessment could help you get a start on completing the matrix, but do not hesitate to use any outside resources that you can find online, the Capella library, or elsewhere.

This matrix is a tool you will use throughout the rest of the course. Submit your completed matrix as an attachment to this assessment.


 Healthcare Admin  Matrix of Ethical Theories

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Decision Criteria

Your Own Example




The consequences of the decision should influence the actions. The decision maker should consider the net benefits and costs of the decision to all stakeholders at the individual level. Therefore, the greatest good for the greatest number, as well as the prevention of the greatest amount of suffering should be the basis of the decision.

The decision of a judge to free a terminally-ill and old convict after serving part of his sentence, which will make him and his family happy since he has served time for the pain caused the victims.

It supports happiness for all. It strengths the greatest good and easy to apply to daily activities. Finally, utilitarianism is devoid of religious doctrines and promotes the democratic ideologies through the objective measurement of both the positive and negative consequences of our actions.

It is unpredictable, immeasurable, and based on the ideology that people cannot be trusted. Also, the idea that happiness is relative makes the emphasis on it irrelevant.

Kantian Ethics

The duty of the decision maker surpasses the consequences of his or her actions since all humans are reasonable and use their sense of reasoning to determine the morality of their actions.

The promise to pay a loan after two weeks when the individual is certain that he or she would not get the money by then.

The moral principles are based on reason, which makes duty a part of the human experience. It helps people differentiate between emotions and sense of duty, which is the reason for its emphasis on fairness and justices for all.

The moral rules are not specific for dealing with situations. Also, it fails to consider the motives for the action of people by focusing on the sense of their duty. An additional weakness is that the theory cannot be used for dealing with a situation of double effect.

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