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Ethics \Eth"ics\ ([e^]th"[i^]ks), n. [Cf. F. ['e]thique. See Ethic.] The science of human duty; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science; a particular system of principles and rules concerting duty, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions; as, political or social ethics; medical ethics.

The completeness and consistency of its morality is the peculiar praise of the ethics which the Bible has taught.
--I. Taylor.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"the science of morals," c.1600, Middle English ethik "study of morals" (see ethic). The word also traces to Ta Ethika, title of Aristotle's work. Related: Ethicist.


n. 1 (context philosophy English) The study of principles relating to right and wrong conduct. 2 morality. 3 The standards that govern the conduct of a person, especially a member of a profession.

  1. n. motivation based on ideas of right and wrong [syn: ethical motive, morals, morality]

  2. the philosophical study of moral values and rules [syn: moral philosophy]


Ethics or moral philosophy is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The term ethics derives from the Ancient Greek word ἠθικός ethikos, which is derived from the word ἦθος ethos ( habit, "custom"). The branch of philosophy axiology comprises the sub-branches of ethics and aesthetics, each concerned with values.

As a branch of philosophy, ethics investigates the questions "What is the best way for people to live?" and "What actions are right or wrong in particular circumstances?" In practice, ethics seeks to resolve questions of human morality, by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. As a field of intellectual enquiry, moral philosophy also is related to the fields of moral psychology, descriptive ethics, and value theory.

Three major areas of study within ethics recognised today are:

  1. Meta-ethics, concerning the theoretical meaning and reference of moral propositions, and how their truth values (if any) can be determined
  2. Normative ethics, concerning the practical means of determining a moral course of action
  3. Applied ethics, concerning what a person is obligated (or permitted) to do in a specific situation or a particular domain of action
Ethics (Star Trek: The Next Generation)

__NOTOC__ "Ethics" is the 116th episode of the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation. The 16th episode of the fifth season.

Ethics (Scientology)

According to the Church of Scientology, "ethics may be defined as the actions an individual takes on himself to ensure his continued survival across the dynamics. It is a personal thing. When one is ethical, it is something he does himself by his own choice."

According to founder L. Ron Hubbard's teachings, Scientology ethics is predicated on the idea that there are degrees of ethical conduct.

Ethics (Spinoza)

Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order , usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written by Benedict de Spinoza. It was first published in 1677.

The book is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy. Spinoza puts forward a small number of definitions and axioms from which he attempts to derive hundreds of propositions and corollaries, such as "When the Mind imagines its own lack of power, it is saddened by it", "A free man thinks of nothing less than of death", and "The human Mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the Body, but something of it remains which is eternal." The Euclidean style is larded with stretches of informal and at times pugnacious prose.

Ethics (disambiguation)

Ethics, a major branch of philosophy, encompasses right conduct and good living.

Ethics may also refer to:

Ethics (journal)

Ethics is an academic journal established in 1890 as the International Journal of Ethics, renamed in 1938, and published since 1923 by the University of Chicago Press. The journal covers scholarly work in moral, political, and legal philosophy from a variety of intellectual perspectives, including social and political theory, law, and economics. In addition to major articles, Ethics also publishes review essays, discussion articles, book reviews, and book notes.

Ethics (Watsuji)

Ethics is a work of ethical theory by the Japanese philosopher Tetsuro Watsuji. Its three volumes were first published in 1937, 1942, and 1949 respectively.

Ethics (Bonhoeffer)

Ethics (German: ) is an unfinished book by Dietrich Bonhoeffer that was edited and published after his death by Eberhard Bethge in 1949. Bonhoeffer worked on the book in the early 1940s and intended it to be his magnum opus. At the time of writing, he was a double agent; he was working for , Nazi Germany's military intelligence organization, but was simultaneously involved in the 20 July plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler. The central theme of Ethics is Christlikeness. The arguments in the book are informed by Lutheran Christology and are influenced by Bonhoeffer's participation in the German resistance to Nazism. Ethics is commonly compared to Bonhoeffer's earlier book The Cost of Discipleship, with scholars debating the extent to which Bonhoeffer's views on Christian ethics changed between his writing of the two books. In The Cambridge Companion to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John W. de Gruchy argues that Ethics evinces more nuance than Bonhoeffer's earlier writings. In 2012, David P. Gushee, director of Mercer University's Center for Theology and Public Life, named Ethics one of the five best books about patriotism, the others being Bruce Lincoln's Religion, Empire and Torture; Reinhold Niebuhr's Moral Man and Immoral Society; Shane Claiborne's and Chris Haw's Jesus for President; and A Testament of Hope, a collection of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches and writings.

Usage examples of "ethics".

Her new morality-the ethics of rational self-interest-challenges the altruist-collectivist fashions of our day.

Most philosophers took the existence of ethics for granted, as the given, as a historical fact, and were not concerned with discovering its metaphysical cause or objective validation.

Many of them attempted to break the traditional monopoly of mysticism in the field of ethics and, allegedly, to define a rational, scientific, nonreligious morality.

Man has to be man by choice-and it is the task of ethics to teach him how to live like man.

Objectivist ethics is that just as life is an end in itself, so every living human being is an end in himself, not the means to the ends or the welfare of others-and, therefore, that man must live for his own sake, neither sacrificing himself to others nor sacrificing others to himself.

It is true we violated our own code of ethics by making you run from us and by examining you.

Every juridical system is in some way a crystallization of a specific set of values, because ethics is part of the materiality of every juridical foundation, but Empire-and in particular the Roman tradition of imperial right-is peculiar in that it pushes the coincidence and universality of the ethical and the juridical to the extreme: in Empire there is peace, in Empire there is the guarantee of justice for all peoples.

In Empire, ethics, morality, and justice are cast into new dimensions.

The new democracy had to destroy the transcendental idea of the nation with all its racial divisions and create its own people, defined not by old heritages but by a new ethics of the construction and expansion of the community.

And yet, in this final part of the Ethics, this utopia has only an abstract and indefinite relation to reality.

New ethics laws, a resurgent Congress and a more inquiring media altered the prerogatives and daily lives of presidents.

And quite naturally prosecutors and ethics investigators were more and more determined.

They handed him a copy of the Ethics in Government Act, which the previous year Congress had passed and President Carter had signed into law.

A special prosecutor in this case was outrageous, he agreed, but his hands were tied by the ethics law.

But Civiletti had to initiate an investigation into the allegations under the Ethics in Government Act, and the FBI agents were sent to interview Jordan.