What are Ethics?

Courses on ethics are often involved in learning about philosophy. Just what are ethics all about?

Dictionary.com defines ethics as:

* A set of principles of right conduct.

* A theory or a system of moral values: “An ethic of service is at war with a craving for gain” (Gregg Easterbrook).

* ethics (used with a sing. verb) The study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person; moral philosophy.

* ethics (used with a sing. or pl. verb) The rules or standards governing the conduct of a person or the members of a profession: medical ethics.

As you might imagine, ethics tend to vary from society to society, and from era of history to era of history.

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