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Ethics and Integrity

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2. Dimensions of ethics

Meta Ethics

Talks about the “after” or “beyond,” and concerns like: “Why is goodness? “And” and “Why do we tell good from the bad? “It often challenges the roots of ethical values, be they actually human or spiritual. Does this also answer problems such as What are the definitions of the ethical terms: right, wrong, love, compassion? This also asks whether moral decisions are absolute or relative and whether such opinions are one or more.

Prescriptive Ethics (Normative Ethics)

Normative ethics centres around the concept of what is right or wrong. It involves formulating moral rules which have a significant effect on what human behaviour, organizations, and behaviors should be like. It deals with issues such as: How do humans act? What’s the right decision?

The Different Branches Are:

  • Virtue Ethics
  • Consequentialism
  • Deontological Ethics

Descriptive Ethics

Descriptive ethics studies the perception in morality among people. Describes and contrasts expectations of different ethical theories. It deals with issues such as: What do people think is correct? It is different from normative ethics because it is implemented.

Applied Ethics

Applied ethics is a philosophical analysis of individual problems in private and public life which are questions of moral choice from a moral standpoint. This makes use of the application of moral knowledge to specific issues and applies philosophical methods to determine the morally appropriate course of behavior in various aspects of human existence.

The Different Branches Are

  • Bio-Ethics
  • Business Ethics
  • Military Ethics
  • Political Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Publication Ethics


    Practice Question-

    1. describe the dimensions of ethics with examples. (200 words)