Discussion of The Issues Raised in Meta-Ethics Ethics is the study of how people behave, and how they should behave. It is based on ideas of what is morally 'good'. But, in order to understand ethics, a definition of 'good' needs to be determined. Here, one sees that such ideas will vary from person to person and from culture to culture. Likewise, such ideas explain why there is such a variety of moral systems in use today and a marked difference in the level of commitment to a personal moral code.
Ethics is a philosophical issue that is controversial today. Ethics recommends, systemizes, and defines the concepts of right and wrong behavior in our society. One’s ethics can raise the question, “What is the correct way to live in our society?” It investigates what is considered good or bad. Ethics resolves questions over human morality that ultimately dictates what is wrong or right. It does it’s best to explain what evil and good actions for human beings may look like.
I also communicate my personal ethics through my actions. If my decisions are made according to my ethical beliefs, then others should be able to recognize, through my behavior, what my personal morals are. Overall, being an ethical decision maker is important to me. As a leader, I understand that I play a part in establishing what is considered right and wrong, based on my actions and decisions. My hope is to always be an example, and being ethical is the foundation of setting a good example for others.
Ethics means doing what one believes is the right and best choice for them and what is right to me might not be right to others. Virtues, responsibilities, obligations, and believes all contribute to how people see and analyze things. We are all diverse in how we see and comprehend situations and how we feel about each situation will change how we reason our actions. So should ethics be base on reasons or feelings? I believe that it should be the base on both.
As a function, ethics is a philosophical study of the moral value of human conduct, and of the rules and principles it should govern. As a system, ethics are a social, religious, or civil code of behavior considered correct by a particular group, profession, or individual. As an instrument, ethics provide perspective regarding the moral fitness of a decision, course of action, or potential outcomes. Ethical decision-making can include many types, including deontological (duty), consequentialism (including utilitarianism), and virtue ethics. Additionally, subsets of relativism, objectivism, and pluralism seek to understand the impact of moral diversity on a human level.
Morals, Values, and Ethics Morals, values and ethics define who we are and what we believe. Culture, religion, and many other things affect our beliefs. One uses various types off ethics when surrounded by different groups. Knowing between right and wrong is a good foundation to practicing good ethics and morals. These things make morals, ethics, and values important in society.
“Values are what we, as a profession, judge to be right." Individually or organizationally, “values determine what is right and what is wrong, and doing what is right or wrong is what we mean by ethics. To behave ethically is to behave in a manner consistent with what is right or moral”. What does "generally considered to be right" mean? That is a hard question, and part of it is deciding whether or not behavior is ethical, and determining what is right or wrong.
I found that when writing I was thinking about decisiveness in the sense that a person has a clear definition of what is right and what is wrong. This is crucial in deciding if a person lives a good life because by my definition in order to live a good life one must be a moral exemplar and in order to be considered a morally significant person you have to establish what you decide is in the right and what is in the wrong. I found the section by Thomas Hobbes to be particularly interesting because he takes a very different view on the morality of people. Hobbes argument basically states that we a people are morally selfish and we only seek out for our best interest and the only reason we don’t live in a “state of nature” (dog eat dog world) is because we abide by the “social contract” (government). He says that we conform to this “social contract” because it looks out for our best interest and protects ourselves from others in society by being able to hold those others accountable due to having a third party, the government.
Ethics also includes the moral codes or values that a person holds, which are more personal than the codes of ethics. Some of the moral codes and values that I hold include; doing good to others, being fair to all, respecting others and their needs for privacy, being honest and ensuring that I contribute to the society in the best possible way. I believe that one should do good to others even when others do not do the same in return. The way others choose to treat a person should not determine how that person treats them because if the nature of that individual is to do good, then external factors should
Ethics are moral principles that can be used to help guide peoples decisions. We are all different and therefore our beliefs and opinions differ. There are many ethical theories, and according to Panza and Potthast (n.d.) the following are some that are widely used. Virtue ethics is one theory which states that personality is the most important thing. Living an ethical life, acting right, requires that one develops and demonstrates the quality of courage, compassion, wisdom, and temperance.