Ethics : Ethics And Morality

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Introduction: It is hard, and almost impossible to pinpoint a single human universal on ethics and morality. Ethics among different cultures is so vast, even though every culture does have a standard for ethics which they live by. Although ethics is a broad human universal, there is no specific universal ethic. Each world religion holds a different ethic as their highest ethic; it is always a case by case basis. Theory: Ethics serve as an adaptive function in modern environment, more than ever. As society evolves, the standard of ethics also increases. Ethics is a trait that has become more prominent in evolution throughout time. There is a slight evolutionary mismatch, only because the specific ethic being followed by the given culture…show more content…
Applied ethics on the other hand gives us answers to specific questions (Runzo 20).Ethics become stronger and more prominent for a person over the course of life. There are many stages to development of ethics. The strongest would be the influence of relatives, especially ones parents. A persons parents are the main influence of ethics and morality. Parents are the ones that instill certain values into their children. The way children are brought up is a hereditary process, yet not genetic. The environment of child development has an incredible amount of influence on what a person considers to value as an ethic. Non-Human Homologies: It is hard to pinpoint the beginning of morality in regards to non-humans, but ethics have been a part of human life ever since the beginning. Scientists are now arguing that animals have a moral compass. Animals are able to feel emotions such as grief, love, outrage, and empathy. Marc Beckoff from the University of Chicago suggests that animals have a sense of outrage when certain social codes are broken (Beckoff). “Chimpanzees may punish other chimps for violating certain rules of the social order” said Marc Beckoff (Beckoff). A LifeScience staff writes, Tia Ghose explains that “animals exhibit the very human emotions we associate with morality” (Ghose). Most people associate the obedience of animals as a non-human ethic as the animals emulate human characteristics. There isn’t much of a moral gap between
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