ETHICS is a place to discuss the science, psychology, and philosophy of right and wrong. The human concepts of fairness, equality, justice, retribution, and obligation are all shaped by our biology, our reason, our emotions, our beliefs, our assumptions, and our culture. Here we will explore these influences in our lives and society.
By definition, ethics is “the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc.” But I think the author and philosopher David Couzens Hoy gives a much better definition when he says that ethics is "obligations that present themselves as necessarily to be fulfilled but are neither forced on one or are enforceable.”
In other words, if society compels us to do something defined as” right,” then it ceases to be a matter of ethics. Actions are ethical only when we have the autonomy to choose the right action over the wrong action.
EXERCISES IN APPLIED ETHICS
Applied Ethics is "the philosophical examination, from a moral standpoint, of particular issues in private and public life that are matters of moral judgment.”
To explore applied ethics, I thought it might be both fun and challenging for members to post discussions of hypothetical situations which challenge our moral reasoning or broaden our understanding of what it means to be ethical. Click here to learn more about these exercises.
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