A Virtue Ethical Account of Making Decisions About Risk
Journal of Risk Research, Volume 13, pp. 217 - 230.
By Nafsika Athanassoulis and Allison Ross
Most discussions of risk are developed in broadly consequentialist
terms, focusing on the outcomes of risks as such. This paper will
provide an alternative account of risk from a virtue ethical
perspective, shifting the focus on the decision to take the
risk. Making ethical decisions about risk is, we will argue, not
fundamentally about the actual chain of events that the decision sets
in process, but about the reasonableness of the decision to take the
risk in the first place. A virtue ethical account of risk is needed
because the notion of the 'reasonableness' of the decision to take the
risk is affected by the complexity of the moral status of particular
instances of risk-taking and the risk-taker's responsiveness to these
contextual features. The very idea of 'reasonable risk' welcomes
judgements about the nature of the risk itself, raises questions about
complicity, culpability and responsibility, while at its heart,
involves a judgement about the justification of risk which unavoidably
focuses our attention on the character of the individuals involved in risk-making decisions.
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