Under deontology, an act may be considered right even if the act produces a bad consequence,  if it follows the rule or moral law.
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This introduction should be helpful to anyone who is taking an introductory level college course in ethics or anyone who would like to learn about moral philosophy on his or her own. The introduction is logical and analytic but should be interesting, readable, and clear to any reasonably serious reader, especially one who likes to think about a subject while reading.
Interesting, easily recognized examples from daily life illustrate and explain the points that are made. Topics in the booklet "An Introduction to Ethics": And "Does morality depend on religion or what God says? Reasons why the distinctions between motive, intention, and act are important.
Evidence for the objectivity of ethics, and invalidity of the evidence that ethics is just subjective The nature of moral responsibility Normative ethics: Theories holding that right actions are those which have the best overall consequences and ideas about what the "best" or "good" consequences are egoism -- best consequences for the person doing the act altruism -- best consequences for others utilitarianism -- best consequences for the greatest number Theories holding that something other than the value of consequences is what makes acts right or wrong: Kant's principles various lists of specific rules, laws, or regulations duties, such as promise keeping, paying debts, obligations to family, etc.
Whether, and why, one should be ethical particularly when it goes against one's own self-interest.Moral philosophy can help us sort through these issues by asking critical questions, articulating the relevant issues, and uncovering important values (e.g., liberty, equality, fairness, well-being).
The aim of this document is to sketch some resources useful in framing that conversation. The Great Ideas Program.
Contents. Volume. A General Introduction to the Great Books and to a Liberal Education; The Development of Political Theory and Government. Ethics (or Moral Philosophy) is concerned with questions of how people ought to act, and the search for a definition of right conduct (identified as the one causing the greatest good) and the good life (in the sense of a life worth living or a life that is satisfying or happy)..
The word "ethics" is derived from the Greek "ethos" (meaning "custom" or "habit"). The Great Ideas Program. Contents.
Volume. A General Introduction to the Great Books and to a Liberal Education; The Development of Political Theory and Government. While the book's content is theoretical rather than applied ethics, Beauchamp consistently applies the theories to practical moral problems.
Aristotle, Hume, Kant, and Mill are at the book's core and they are placed in the context of moral philosophical controversies of the last 30 years/5(4). PHI/CHV INTRODUCTION TO MORAL PHILOSOPHY!PROFESSOR: Gilbert Harman “The Subject Matter of Ethics,” chapter 6 Ridge, "Moral Non-Naturalism," in the online Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy at “Ethics as Philosophy,” chapter 8 Thursday, November 11, Social conventions.