Communicative Ethics

Communicative ethics (also known as discourse ethics or argumentation ethics) is both a normative framework and a set of beliefs regarding universal standards for making moral decisions. Communicative ethics can be utilized by a group of individuals or organizations to challenge or develop moral standards, but it does not prescribe what is ethical; rather, it assumes that the better argument will prevail as a result of inclusive group dialogue. This approach acknowledges the conflicting values that exist in groups and allows individuals to work together in order to create a moral theory that will satisfy everyone. These types of discourse-based approaches to ethics focus on normative orientations and moral reasons that go beyond utility and profit seeking.


The German philosophers Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas are ...

  • Loading...
locked icon

Sign in to access this content

Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

  • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
  • Read modern, diverse business cases
  • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles