What is Ethics in Philosophy? - Definition & Types


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Mark is completing a research project that examines why people feel one way or the other about stem-cell research. He wants to understand how people make decisions about whether they think stem-cell research is good or bad. What branch of ethics is concerned with a scenario like this?

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1. The perspective that there are no objective moral or ethical principles and that ethical beliefs are shaped by an individual's attitude is known as _____.

2. This branch of ethics deals with how ethical decisions or positions unfold in the real world.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the worksheet/quiz to assess your understanding of ethics in philosophy. You'll be quizzed on key points like a type of ethics that determines why people feel a certain way about something and a belief that there is no such thing as objectivity with regard to ethics.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Answer interactive questions on these subjects:

  • Type of ethics that deals with reality
  • A moral belief in the objectivity of ethics
  • Ethical decisions made without any regard to right or wrong

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about ethical decisions and how they are made
  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of ethics and how it is or isn't connected to morality
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on ethics in philosophy

Additional Learning

For more on ethics, review the accompanying lesson called What is Ethics in Philosophy? - Definition & Types. You'll be taught about the following topics:

  • Ancient Greek philosophy and how it dealt with ethics
  • How 'ethics' means different thinkings in philosophy
  • Who Socrates was and his opinion of ethics in philosophy
  • Aristotle's philosophy of ethics
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