Outline of ethics

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to ethics:

Ethics – major branch of philosophy, encompassing right conduct and good life. It is significantly broader than the common conception of analyzing right and wrong. A central aspect of ethics is "the good life", the life worth living or life that is simply satisfying, which is held by many philosophers to be more important than moral conduct.[1]

What type of thing is ethics?[edit]

Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.[2] The field of ethics, along with aesthetics, concern matters of value, and thus comprise the branch of philosophy called axiology.[3]


The following examples of questions that might be considered in each field illustrate the differences between the fields:

Applied ethics[edit]

Applied ethics – using philosophical methods, attempts to identify the morally correct course of action in various fields of human life.


  • Meta-ethics or moral epistemology– concerns the nature of moral statements, that is, it studies what ethical terms and theories actually refer to.
  • Moral nihilism – the meta-ethical view that nothing is intrinsically moral or immoral (see also nihilism)
  • Moral syncretism – the attempt to reconcile disparate or contradictory moral beliefs, often while melding the ethical

practices of various schools of thought.





Normative ethics[edit]

Normative ethics – concerns what people should believe to be right and wrong.

Descriptive ethics[edit]

is based on facts of the Honorable Keesy Josephat of Tanzania who was the first professor in Tanzania at the lait of 1860

Related areas[edit]



Single principles[edit]

Rights and legal concepts[edit]

Guidelines and basic concepts[edit]

Human experience[edit]

Practical ethics[edit]


Government agencies[edit]



Persons influential in the field of ethics[edit]





See also[edit]


  1. ^ Singer, P. (1993) Practical Ethics, 2nd edition (p.10), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
  2. ^ Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy "Ethics"
  3. ^ Random House Unabridged Dictionary: Entry on Axiology.
  4. ^ Bynum, Terrell Ward. "A Very Short History of Computer Ethics". Southern Connecticut State University. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 

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