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A Review of Perspectives on Frameworks for Ethical Theories in Public Service Life

Deoram Sing
Africa’s Public Service Delivery & Performance Review | Vol 4, No 2 | a112 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/apsdpr.v4i2.112 | © 2016 Deoram Sing | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 24 November 2016 | Published: 01 June 2016

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Deoram Sing, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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Given the dynamic and changing interwoven and intertwined internal and external environments impacting on public service life, establishing and promoting a proper ethical foundation in public service life, has in itself emerged as a profound and daunting challenge, a worldwide phenomenon. The role of frameworks for ethical theories  –  such as teleological, deontological, virtue-based, and learning and growth, is crucial to dealing with this challenge. It is the view of the author that a keen grasp and application of the various frameworks, as well as their various components, could project their viewing and that of their components, not in isolation, but in an interconnected and intertwined manner. This could enhance the clarification of ethical and moral alternatives, as well as facilitate the spreading and diffusion of techniques for ethical reasoning and moral awareness, throughout public service life.


Public service life; Ethics; framework for ethical theories


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