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What is Christian ethics

The term ethics deals with what is morally ‘right’ or ‘wrong’. Christian ethics therefore, deals with what is morally right or wrong for a Christian. There are several distinguishing characteristics of Christian ethics, each of which play a vital role to its analysis. Some Christians will base their ethics solely on the Bible and its Read More

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What are the ethical issues involved as a result of using biotechnology in cases of infertility

Biotechnological methods producing human embryos have been evolving since 1978 where the first test-tube baby was born. This involves the fusion of gametes outside the human body and is a technique known as In-Vitro-Fertilization (IVF). Of course, this method is worth considering in cases of infertility but this also brings up many implications and issues Read More

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Virtue Ethics

1. In what ways did the historical context from which virtue ethics emerged shape its basic principles? Presocratics, regarded as the first philosophers, brought the term logos to philosophy (literal translation: ‘word’; also denotes ‘logic’, ‘argument’, ‘reason’. Aristotle’s concept of Virtue Ethics regards humans as rational animals, implying that ‘logos’ is purely a human trait. Read More

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What is Ethics

Ethics originates from the Greek word ethos (meaning a habit or custom), but there is much speculation as to where it originated from. Many people believe that, in essence, there exists a universe of ethics created by g-d. To those holding that belief, answers to questions about the ethics of redirecting evolution have always been Read More

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What people mean when they call a moral decision wrong

In Ethics it is very important to understand the language used and the ideas behind it. There are many different opinions about what the word ‘wrong’ means and this helps to explain why there are many different views about what people mean when they call moral decision wrong. The dictionary definition of the word ‘wrong’ Read More

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What is Moral Relativism

Moral Relativism visits many of areas of ethical issues. A relativist’s main aim when making an ethical decision would be to please as many people as possible. They would try to understand about a person’s or people’s beliefs or culture before making the decision. They would try and learn all they could about those beliefs Read More

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Situation Ethics as an ethical theory

Situation ethics is an alternative ethical theory, particularly influential in Protestant Christianity, similar to utilitarianism, in that it is a way a deciding upon the correct action that is to be taken in a given situation, but where happiness has been substituted for love. It does however take an individualistic approach, with the emphasis being Read More

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Does the non-human natural world have an intrinsic value

When it comes to the question of non-human rights and the value of nature, there are adamant advocates, those who completely disagree with particular values and rights for the ecosystem, and those could care less. For myself, I believe I have fallen somewhat in between these extremes and have honestly never really considered the idea Read More

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Ethics as a moral theory

Situation ethics is a predominantly relativistic approach to morality as the fundamental principle of situation ethics is, “Love and do what you will… ” (St. Augustine). It basically suggests that a person can do as one wishes as long as their actions involve love. A relativistic approach is a flexible ethical system which can accommodate Read More

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Duties and Deontological Ethics

A duty is a moral obligation that an agent has towards another person, such as the duty not to lie. Etymologically, duties are actions that are due to someone else, such as paying money that one owes to a creditor. In a broader sense, duties are simply actions that are morally manditory. Medieval philosophers such Read More