How would you define ethics? If an action is legal, is it ethical?© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 10, 2019, 8:15 am ad1c9bdddf
First let's set the basis for what includes ethics and what includes legality, or law. A working definition of ethics is as follows:
Ethics or moral philosophy is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct. The term ethics derives from the Ancient Greek word ἠθικός ethikos, which is derived from the word ἦθος ethos (habit, "custom"). The branch of philosophy axiology comprises the sub-branches of ethics and aesthetics, each concerned with values.
As a branch of philosophy, ethics investigates the questions "What is the best way for people to live?" and "What actions are right or wrong in particular circumstances?" In practice, 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 enquiry, moral philosophy also is related to the fields of moral psychology, descriptive ethics, and value theory. (wikipedia.org)
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A brief discussion of ethics and lawful behavior, are they inclusive or exclusive?