Ethics, Art, and Natural Science

1353 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 5 Pages
It helps us regulate our society, provides guidelines, and influences our decisions. But how much of a role does ethics really play in our decision making process? True ethics helps guide us, but does it hinder us as well? This essay will explore this gray area. It will answer the question- to what extent, do ethical beliefs limit our ability to effectively study the arts and natural sciences? To understand how ethics affects both natural science and the arts, it is important to have an understanding on the topic of ethics. Ethics as defined by Aristotle reaches down into the unfathomable world of the human psyche. The first step to understanding ethics begins with understanding that ethics stems from moral judgements. A moral judgement is simply a determination of what a person believes is right or wrong. However, one’s moral judgement only scratches the surface of what constitutes our ethics. Aristotle states, “With respect to the good, right, happiness, the good is not a disposition. The good involves a teleological system that involves actions” (philosophy.lander.edu). His belief was that every person contained the ability to decipher things such as the good, right, and happiness but that this sense was innate. The reasoning behind our choices, in right or wrong, cannot be simply pinned on one factor. This is why ethics can vary so much between different cultures. Although a global focus is always important to have, the…
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