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Test#1 essay - Elzin 1 Fatima Elzin Michael Henry Philosophy 2240 25 April 2010 Why do we have ethics Why do we have ethics may seem to be a very

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Elzin 1 Fatima Elzin Michael Henry Philosophy 2240 25 April 2010 Why do we have ethics? Why do we have ethics may seem to be a very easy question to answer, but it has many complex and diverse answers. Ethical behavior is behavior that is “good”, but what is “good?” There are multiple ethical theories due to the simple fact the word “good” can be defined in multiple ways, such as- pleasure, happiness, duty, or following the law of God. Depending on the definition of “good” we can shape an ethical theory which is necessary in keeping the order of life by “doing good and avoiding harm.” Ethics are important for a number of reasons; most importantly they set the basic guidelines for what is right and what is wrong. Ethics, which are developed over time, allow us to react to certain situations, but of course there is no one set of ethically rules based on a situation, because every situation has a different case; that is why there are many different ethical theories. Not one ethical theory is perfectly true, but depending on the person and situation it could
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This note was uploaded on 04/24/2010 for the course PHI 2240 taught by Professor Henry during the Spring '10 term at St. John's.

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Test#1 essay - Elzin 1 Fatima Elzin Michael Henry Philosophy 2240 25 April 2010 Why do we have ethics Why do we have ethics may seem to be a very

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