Ethics

Ethics

About Ethics

Ethics, also known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. It comes from the Greek word ethos, which means 'character'. Major areas of study in ethics may be divided into 4 operational areas: According to Richard Paul and Linda Elder of the Foundation for Critical Thinking, 'most people confuse ethics with behaving in accordance with social conventions, religious beliefs, and the law', and don't treat ethics as a stand-alone concept. Paul and Elder define ethics as 'a set of concepts and principles that guide us in determining what behavior helps or harms sentient creatures'.