What is ‘Ethics’

A quick look at the definition of ethics…


‘Ethics, sometimes known as moral philosophy, is a branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.[1] The term comes from the Greek word ἠθικός ethikos from ἦθοςethos, which means “custom, habit“. The superfield within philosophy known as axiology includes both ethics andaesthetics and is unified by each sub-branch’s concern with value.[2] Philosophical ethics investigates what is the best way for humans to live, and what kinds of actions are right or wrong in particular circumstances. Ethics may be divided into three major areas of study.’

Wikipedia. (). Ethics. Available: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ethics. Last accessed 9th March 2015.

Oxford Dictionary

‘Moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity’

Oxford Dictionaries. (). Ethics. Available: http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ethics. Last accessed 9th March 2015.

Ethics is a very broad subject that can be applied to many aspects of someones life, wether it be in their personal life, or ethics in the workplace. There are many things that affect everyone when it comes to ethics, for example buying “Barn Eggs” brand eggs in a supermarket because it has nice packaging and gives the illusion that it came from a farm where the chickens run wild. But in all reality and in most cases, deep down everyone knows that these eggs come from industrial food production farms where the chickens are kept in appaling conditions, cramped together in the same cage for the their entire existence.

We are all responsible for being more aware in what ways we can have a more ethical approach to our daily lifes.


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