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Thinking about Ethics
Thinking about ethics

Ethics? As far as I'm concerned that's that place to the east of London where people wear white socks.

Kelvin MacKenzie, former editor of The Sun
What is Ethics?

Ethics or moral philosophy, as it is also called, asks serious and difficult questions about how we should live our lives. Thinking about ethics is one of the oldest intellectual traditions of humanity and, in the western world, begins with the Greeks in the thought and writings of Socrates (c.470–399 BC), Plato (427–347 BC) and Aristotle (384–322 BC). In the fourth century St Augustine (354–430 AD) provides a Christian perspective which reaches its full flowering in the towering achievement of St Thomas Aquinas (1224?-1274). Immanuel Kant (1724–1804) is the great figure of the Enlightenment ...

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