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Virtue Ethics and Counselor Decision-Making
Virtue ethics and counselor decision-making

Virtue ethics is an important perspective for professional conduct because of its emphasis on the central role of motives in moral questions. To act from virtue is to act from some particular motivation; correct moral decisions require correct motives. For the virtue ethicist, helping a person in need should be motivated by charity or benevolence. Virtue ethics focuses on the process by which moral attitudes and character develop. Since character development continues over the life span, there is an emerging or evolving quality to it. As such, according to Meara, Schmidt, and Day (1996), virtue ethics can be viewed as a moral psychology, as well as a theory about making moral choices (as deontological or teleological ...

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