Ethics (Education)

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  • The philosophical analysis of moral judgments and the systematic inquiry into human conduct with the goal of discovering both the rules that ought to govern action and the goods that we should seek in life. These two different questions provide two traditions in ethics: one concerned with the rightness or wrongness of action, the other with the ends or goals of action and their goodness or badness. The first of these traditions is the deontological and the second, the teleological. Teleological theories hold that the morality of an action is determined by its consequences or benefits. Right conduct is that which maximizes the good. One variation, ethical egoism, states that if any person performs an action that increases his or her own good, then that ...

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