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normative ethics

Understanding Ethics

We all know that certain acts are morally wrong: murder, theft, slander and kidnapping. We also know that certain acts are morally right: helping the poor, healing the sick, educating the ignorant and freeing slaves. But there are other issues that are not nearly so clear. These gray areas include the environment, gun control and government regulations in general. In addition to these problems, th...

Normative Ethics

There are three areas of study that ethicists engage in: applied ethics, normative ethics and metaethics. In my last post I discussed applied ethics. Normative ethics is the study of what is right and wrong in general. The largest current controversy in normative ethics is how to determine whether a particular act is right or wrong. Consequentialists believe that an act is right if it leads to goo...