Medical Ethics Darin Harootunian 9/21/11 1 Three Branches of Ethics (Part 3) So far, we have considered the first branch of ethics, normative ethics, in particular, NEB and axiology. We still need to introduce the remaining two branches of ethics – meta-ethics and applied ethics. Recall the branches and divisions: 1) Normative Ethics a) Normative Ethics of Behavior (NEB) b) Axiology 2) Meta-Ethics 3) Applied Ethics But before turning to meta-ethics and applied ethics, I want to say something about the relation between NEB and axiology. At the end of class on Monday, I provided an example of a normative ethical theory of behavior that relies on an axiological account, where the criterion of moral rightness is defined in terms of a previously specified axiological account. What was this example? Today, I want to introduce another example of how NEB and axiology are related. One important concept that we will be considering throughout the semester is the concept of supererogation , or supererogatory acts. This concept involves
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