Health Sciences 2610F/G Lecture 1: 1. Introduction to Ethical Theory

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The fundamental beliefs and/or knowledge that contextualize your ethical beliefs. Meta-ethics: pure theory about right and wrong o. All of the things and ideas that go into making an ethical judgment. Ethics: deciding what is right/wrong in situations o. Action: following through: where people fall off. Talking about ethics not about ethical issues (theory, not application) Before actual ethical discussion about a subject can begin. Examples of meta-ethical questions: what is right and wrong, how can someone know right from wrong, why behave ethically in the first place, where does moral authority come from? o. Realism: universal truth (facts) exist outside of the mind (the truth is real hence realism) Something that is real and independent of your ability to foresee it. The things that happen in society can change people"s perceptions of things. Your meta-ethical perspective helps guide your ethical beliefs and actions. The discipline or field of study itself working with theory on issues.

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