Lecture 1

Lecture 1 - Many ethical concepts for ethical judgments...

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1/4/11 1 ENVR 203 Introduction to Ethics January 6, 2011 Many ethical concepts for ethical judgments • Good and bad • Right and wrong • Vice and virtue • Obligatory and permissible • Blameworthy and praiseworthy • Just and unjust • Fair and unfair • Etc… What is ethics? • Ethics = the rightness and wrongness of human actions (normative judgment). –Science (natural properties=physical) –Ethics (non-natural properties= metaphysical). • Environmental ethics= the rightness and wrongness of human actions about environment Three types of simple scepticism about ethics 1. Ethics is subjective and personal 2. Ethics is nothing more than law 3. Science is independent of ethics Inventing or discovering? The nature of ethical judgments • We invent ethics (moral anti-realism) – social contract theory (incl. social construction) –There is no moral fact • We discover ethics (moral realism) –There is the moral fact outside our mind Two basic categories of ethical concepts
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