What are ethics?

Ethics

Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. It comes from the Greek word ethos, which means "character". Major areas of study in ethics may be divided into 4 operational areas:

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Some articles on ethics:

Doug Harpool - Politics
... was responsible for passing legislation for setting up the Missouri Ethics Commission ... After setting up the Missouri Ethics Reform, he received the nickname "the bulldog of ethics" in the state legislature ...
Formal Ethics
... Formal ethics is a formal logical system for describing and evaluating the form as opposed to the content of ethical principles ... Formal ethics was introduced by Harry J ... and justified in his 1996 book Formal Ethics ...
Descriptive Ethics
... Main article Descriptive ethics Descriptive ethics is a value-free approach to ethics, which defines it as a social science (specifically sociology) rather than a humanity ... It examines ethics not from a top-down a priori perspective but rather observations of actual choices made by moral agents in practice ... Some philosophers rely on descriptive ethics and choices made and unchallenged by a society or culture to derive categories, which typically vary by context ...
Glenn Mc Gee - Life and Career
... in the categories of "History Philosophy of Science", "Ethics", "Social Issues", and "Biomedical Social Issues" (according to the Journal Citation Reports) ... Professor of Medical Ethics and became director of the Alden March Bioethics Institute at Albany Medical College which had been founded in 1993 as the ... On February 13, 2012, it was announced that McGee had accepted a position as President of the Ethics Research Division at Celltex Therapeutics Corporation, a Houston, Texas stem cell bank ...
Situational Ethics
... Situational ethics, or situation ethics, is a Christian ethical theory that was principally developed in the 1960s by the then Episcopal priest Joseph Fletcher ... Through situational ethics, Fletcher attempted to find a "middle road" between legalistic and antinomian ethics ... Fletcher developed situational ethics in his books The Classic Treatment and Situation Ethics ...

More definitions of "ethics":

  • (noun): The philosophical study of moral values and rules.
    Synonyms: moral philosophy

Famous quotes containing the word ethics:

    Indeed the involuntary character of psychiatric treatment is at odds with the spirit and ethics of medicine itself.
    Kate Millett (b. 1934)

    In history the great moment is, when the savage is just ceasing to be a savage, with all his hairy Pelasgic strength directed on his opening sense of beauty;—and you have Pericles and Phidias,—and not yet passed over into the Corinthian civility. Everything good in nature and in the world is in that moment of transition, when the swarthy juices still flow plentifully from nature, but their astrigency or acridity is got out by ethics and humanity.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    If you take away ideology, you are left with a case by case ethics which in practise ends up as me first, me only, and in rampant greed.
    Richard Nelson (b. 1950)