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ENVR203class2notes - January 7th 2010 Class#2 Why ethics...

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January 7 th , 2010 Class #2 Why ethics? • Myth: – “science is independent of ethics” euthanasia? – “ethics is subjective and personal”. • Counter-example: – “scientists for bio-chemical weapon” • The Stern Review and ethics Should developed countries pay for the damages that THEY caused? Should underdeveloped countries pay for the benefits they will receive from improvements made to pollution/the environment? What is ethics? • Ethics = what we ought to do (normative judgment). – Science (natural properties=physical) Science = x IS y - not the case in ethics – Ethics (non-natural properties= metaphysical). Can't be empirically proven. Other things being equal, honest act is right to do. Acts done out of cruelty are wrong. However culturally relevant: some people it dogs, others think it would be cruel. • Hume’s law: “ought” cannot be derived from “is”. We cannot derive normative from fact. • Basic ethical concepts: – right/wrong, - acts are right or wrong e.g beating someone up = wrong -> not comparative – good/bad -are comparative better than… Ethics is interested in the interaction between the two/contrast. Good and bad are about evaluation
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This note was uploaded on 10/09/2010 for the course ENVR 203 taught by Professor .. during the Spring '10 term at McGill.

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ENVR203class2notes - January 7th 2010 Class#2 Why ethics...

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