ethics, in philosophy, the study and evaluation of human conduct in the light of moral principles. Moral principles may be viewed either as the standard of conduct that individuals have constructed for themselves or as the body of obligations and duties that a particular society requires of its members.
Sections in this article:
- Approaches to Ethical Theory
- The Nature of the Good
- Twentieth-Century Ethical Thought
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