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:

  • Meta-ethics, about the theoretical meaning and reference of moral propositions and how their truth values (if any) may be determined;
  • Normative ethics, about the practical means of determining a moral course of action;
  • Descriptive ethics, also known as comparative ethics, is the study of people's beliefs about morality;
  • Applied ethics, about how moral outcomes can be achieved in specific situations;

Read more about Ethics:  Defining Ethics, Meta-ethics, Modern Normative Ethics, Applied Ethics, Moral Psychology, Descriptive Ethics

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    Indeed the involuntary character of psychiatric treatment is at odds with the spirit and ethics of medicine itself.
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    The vanity of the sciences. Physical science will not console me for the ignorance of morality in the time of affliction. But the science of ethics will always console me for the ignorance of the physical sciences.
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