Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

An application of Philippa Foot's virtue theory in journalism
by Sutton-Jones, Kara L., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 92; 1486528
Abstract (Summary)

Professional ethical violations are an ongoing problem in journalism, suggesting the need for a reliable ethical model. Decision-making techniques commonly used in the profession, as well as consequentialist and deontological moral theories appear inadequate to handle the kinds of ethical dilemmas that journalists encounter on a regular basis. However, due to its flexibility, adaptability, and focus on the agent, virtue theory stands out as a strong contender for application in a journalistic context. In this work, I apply consequentialist, deontological, and virtue theories to real-life and hypothetical journalism cases. Consequentialism and deontology both run into problems in their application to certain journalism cases. Philippa Foot's virtue theory of Natural Normativity can provide solutions in cases where other moral theories fail, although her theory is not clear on all possible cases. Foot's theory offers moral guidance for journalists and points the way to understanding the journalist's role in human society.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Lascano, Marcy
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Journalism, Ethics
Publication Number: 1486528
ISBN: 978-1-124-25151-6
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