Moral Philosophy Ethics is a stem of philosophy that deals with categorizing, then defending, and lastly recommending what is right and what is wrong in society. There are norms that are universal as far as moral and ethical conduct. These values are beyond what one might consider to be personal ethics. Moral philosophy is a complex and a challenging subject.
In order to categorize a conduct, you must define it. It is wrong to steal. Stealing is the taking of another’s possessions. This is a break in ethics, thief, than one can find across the board. To categorize theft, you would need to explore the different types of stealing. This categorizing in order to define responses is a component of moral philosophy. It is one thing to steal a cookie from the kitchen than to steal a car. The actions must first be systematically categorized.
Then the actions must be defended. An example would be to determine why the car was stolen. Was it in order to get to and from work each day? Or was the car stolen to sell on the black market for a large price? Additionally, the break in ethics must be defined before defending. Stealing is the act of taking someone else’s property. Stealing breaks a universal ethic.
The third step in moral philosophy is recommending what is right and what is wrong. This task may not be as easy as one might think. For example, t is wrong to steal for making a profit or simply the thrill. But is it not as wrong to steal milk or food to feed a hungry baby? The action is wrong, but the motivation is innate. You can see how recommending what is wrong and right could turn out to be quite difficult.
Moral philosophy looks at morals/ethics and it categorizes them, defends them, and then it recommends. No part of this process is true black/white and absolutely no part is an easy job. There are universal ethics, cultural ethics, personal ethics, and family ethics. Each of these rules must form and fit to universal moral philosophy or there becomes problems. An example, of not forming might be the actions of a serial killer. He or he may feel they have to kill and eliminate these people, but society deems murder to be wrong. The study of moral philosophy can be quite challenging and complex.
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