HCL Chapter 1 outline

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Unformatted text preview: loyalties conflict, and consequently not everyone is satisfied with a particular decision. Ethical theories • Ethics seek to understand and to determine how human actions can be judged as right or wrong. • Ethical theories and principles - introduce order into the way people think about life. Foundation of ethical analysis and provide guidance in the decision making process. Normative ethics- the attempt to determine what moral standards should be followed so that human behavior and conduct may be morally right. • Primarily concerned with establishing standards or norms for conduct and is commonly associated with general theories about how one ought to live. • General normative ethics- is the critical study of major moral precepts of such matters as what things are right what things are good and what things are genuine. Determination of correct moral principles for all autonomous rational beings. • Applied ethics- the application of normative theories to practical moral problems. Attempts to explain and justify specific moral problems such as abortion, euthanasia, and assisted suicide. • Descriptive ethics- also known as comparative ethics- deals with what people believe to be right and wrong, whereas normative prescribes how people out to act • Meta- ethics - seeks to understand ethical terms and theories and their application Consequential ethics theory- emphasizes that the morally right action is...
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This note was uploaded on 12/30/2013 for the course HCM 4530 taught by Professor Charlesbateman during the Spring '13 term at University of Minnesota Duluth.

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