branch of philosophy that systematizes, defends, and recommends concepts of right and wrong conduct

Ethics or moral philosophy is a branch of philosophy that "involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong behavior". The field of ethics, along with aesthetics, concerns matters of value; these fields comprise the branch of philosophy called axiology.Ethics seeks to resolve questions of human morality by defining concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crime. As a field of intellectual inquiry, moral philosophy is related to the fields of moral psychology, descriptive ethics, and value theory. Three major areas of study within ethics recognized today are: Meta-ethics, concerning the theoretical meaning and reference of moral propositions, and how their truth values (if any) can be determined; Normative ethics, concerning the practical means of determining a moral course of action; Applied ethics, concerning what a person is obligated (or permitted) to do in a specific situation or a particular domain of action.
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main subject: ethics



book by Henry David Thoreau

author: Henry David Thoreau



philosophical treatise written by Benedictus de Spinoza

author: Benedictus de Spinoza


Nicomachean Ethics

literary work by Aristotle

author: Aristotle


On the Genealogy of Morality

book by German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche

author: Friedrich Nietzsche


Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals

philosophical tract by Immanuel Kant

author: Immanuel Kant


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