What is ethics and why do we need it? It’s not an exact science and neither can it be successfully used to control or predict behaviour. What does it do and how is it useful?
ethics (n.): Reflective and systematic
study of morality. Ethics is
divided, in terms of subject matter,
into ethical theory and applied
ethics. Ethical theory in turn is divided
into normative ethics and
metaethics— the former dealing
with questions about how we
ought to live, the moral rules and
values we should seek to incorporate
and put into practice, and the
types of persons we should strive
to become; and the latter dealing
with second-order questions about
morality, such as whether it can be
said to be objective or universal.
Applied ethics takes up a range of
concrete topics (e.g., ones arising
in relation to biomedical practices,
or in the pursuit of economic justice).
Ethics also is divided, in terms
of its methodology, into philosophical
and theological—the former
treating morality in light
of human nature as such and as
knowable apart from explicit divine
revelation; and the latter
treating morality in light of human
nature as understood (by Christians)
to be fallen and redeemed.
(Note: “Ethic” is sometimes used
as a singular noun to designate
a particular normative theory or
— Words of Wisdom: A Philosophical Dictionary for the Perennial Tradition
In the video above we are faced with the idea that the study of ethics is to discover the nature of the highest good and to find the appropriate means for its realisation.
Love & light,
“Every art and every kind of inquiry, and likewise every act and purpose, seems to aim at some good; and so it has been well said that the good is that at which all things aim.” — Aristotle