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Unformatted text preview: RLG224Y1 - Tuesday, September 14, 2010 Ethics are the principles or standards of behavior including the science of the good and the nature of the right - all human beings are acting all the time, and there can be a study of the way human beings ought to behave - the need for ethical reflection is built into human consciousness and existence - your values are a matter of subjectivity and preference - how do we determine that one way of life is better than another? Plato states that some ways of life are better than others, you make ethical criteria and live by this criteria... but in modern day everyone has individual choice - how are we to act in a way that is consistent with our notion of the good? we have to develop habits of virtue and have a good ethos - you have to learn to act moderate, restrained; in order to act in the good life - some ways of life are better than others because they express the good, better than others (ex: a tyrant or a life based on riches) - if it is based on subjective choice, and expresses my freedom and makes me a freer individual by pursuing my own values, then there is no need for the study of ethics and values...
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