Lance Armstrong's Virtue Theory

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For decades, Americans have relentlessly pursued the dream of success and celebrity. Moreover, these dreams are often achieved and sometimes exceeded by means of dishonesty; but at what cost. Lance Armstrong was an American cyclist who consecutively won major sporting events, became extremely popular, and established the Livestrong Foundation: an aid organization responsible for raising over a half of billion dollars, which was dedicated to cancer research and direct support services for individuals afflicted with the disease. The sadness, Loss of life, and wide spread of the disease must cease. Subsequently, the US Anti-doping agency determined that Mr. Armstrong consumed performance enhancing drugs to win many these very sporting events over the seven years of his winning streak; basically, he cheated and was stripped of any medals or awards. In this paper, I will discuss Lance’s decision to cheat from the perspective of the Virtue Theory, Kantian Ethics, and Utilitarianism. Every action in life has its purpose, it’s up to us as to find its meaning. The Virtue Theory relies on the premise that personal character traits of a person are paramount concerning actions, right or…show more content…
Deontologist believe, for the most part, “that our moral obligations- whatever they are- are in some sense or to some degree independent of consequences” (LaFollette 9). Basically, if one’s moral obligations were not to cheat, though the best outcome will be achieved, he or she shouldn’t cheat even though they may fail without doing so. The Overall outcome may result in getting caught and being disqualified. In other words, Mr. Armstrong’s decision to cheat broke Kant’s ethical guideline, regardless of his contributions or success thereafter. Morally, cheating is wrong, it’s a deception of one’s self and

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