Phil 111 - Ethics: Introduction Ethics (Moral Philosophy)...

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Ethics: Introduction Ethics (Moral Philosophy) is a branch of philosophy that addresses questions about morality – that is, concepts such as good and bad, right and wrong, noble and ignoble, justice, and virtue. Ethics is the attempt to think in a systematic and disciplined way about fundamental questions concerning what we should do and how we should live .
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Some questions • Are there any moral absolutes OR is what is right or wrong “relative” to every person or society? • What makes something right or wrong? good or bad? - our desires? - human “nature”? - logic or human reason? - God’s commands? - social customs or consensus? • What is it to be a good person?
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Some basic terms: ethics, morality, moral philosophy The terms moral and ethics come from Latin and Greek, respectively ( mores and θος ), deriving their meaning from the idea of ‘custom’. Although these terms are sometimes used interchangeably, many philosophers distinguish among ethics, morality, moral philosophy.
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PHIL 111 taught by Professor Kain during the Spring '08 term at Purdue University-West Lafayette.

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