Morality and the Good Life

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Click to edit Master subtitle style 9/8/10 Morality and the Good Life In Searching of Happiness and Human Flourishing
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9/8/10 Ethics “Moral philosophy. The branch of philosophy that answers questions such as: Is there such a thing as the Good? What is ‘the good life?’ Is there such a thing as absolute duty? Are valid moral arguments possible? Are moral judgments based only on preference?”
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9/8/10 Ethics ‘Morality’ comes from the Latin mores, meaning a network of social customs and institutions – philosophy seeks to scrutinize those norms, to examine whether they are consistent and coherent, and so see how far they can be rationally justified.
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9/8/10 Ethics Metaethics Normative Ethics Applied Ethics Moral Psychology Descriptive Ethics
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9/8/10 Ethics Metaethics: “If ethics is a ‘first order’ analysis of morality 9e.g.,answering questions such as, What we must do to fulfill our duty?), metaethics is a ‘second order’ analysis of morality (e.g., answering questions such as What is the meaning of the word ‘duty’?). Metaethics, then, is the analysis of the meaning of moral
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9/8/10 Ethics Normative Ethics: the practical means of determining the most moral course of action and behavior.
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9/8/10 Ethics Applied Ethics: how moral outcomes can be achieved in a specific situation using policies, laws, punishment, political action, etc.
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9/8/10 Morality and Happiness – Plato, Republic
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