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Ethics: Ethics - Defined



plural noun
1. (used with a singular or plural verb) a system of moral principles: the ethics of a culture.
2. the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.: medical ethics; Christian ethics.
3. moral principles, as of an individual: His ethics forbade betrayal of a confidence.
4. (usually used with a singular verb) that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions.
(Nov. 14, 2011)

Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality—that is, concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime, etc.

Major branches of ethics include:

Meta-ethics, about the theoretical meaning and reference of moral propositions and how their truth values (if any) may be determined;

Normative ethics, about the practical means of determining a moral course of action;

Applied ethics, about how moral outcomes can be achieved in specific situations;

Moral psychology, about how moral capacity or moral agency develops and what its nature is;

Descriptive ethics, about what moral values people actually abide by.

 (Nov. 14, 2011)


Promo of Exploration of Ethics

Brit Hume, Chuck Colson, Dr. Robert George and a distinguished panel discuss ethics in Princeton, NJ.

What is Ethics? What is Business Ethics? - Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

 Kirk O. Hanson - executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University

What is Ethics? - Joseph R. DesJardins

Joseph R. DesJardins - Associate Provost and Academic Dean at the College of St. Benedict and St. John's University in Minnesota

Ethics, it's your choice