1. Monday, September 12, 2011

1. Monday, September 12, 2011 - What is ethics? - a part of...

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What is ethics? - a part of value theory - What is good? Are there ultimate goods? - How ought I to live? What is the good life? - How ought I to behave? (morality) What is it right to do? - Metaethics: What does it mean to talk about ethics? What is the scope of ethical claims? Can humans be ethical? Some Ethical Claims: - Lying is always wrong - It is better to kill one person and save ten people than let all of them die - People are incapable of acting altruistically - The ultimate good in life is happiness - Morality is culturally relative - We have ethical obligations to animals - All things can be good in moderation - Humans are the source of all moral rules - There is no point in arguing about ethics Features of Ethical Claims - Value Judgement: Non-ethical: Today is Monday Ethical: Mondays rule - No scientiFc way of settling this - No semantic way of settling this: Semantic: if you agree on the terms, you agree on the conclusion “Abortion ends a human life”
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