The Ethics Of Western Ethical Standards

1080 WordsApr 1, 20175 Pages
“Ethics is a branch of philosophy, it is also, known as moral philosophy. It helps human deal with human morality and concepts such as good and evil, right and wrong, virtue and vice, justice and crimes.” (….) Most people confused ethic with social conventions, etc. Dr. Richard and Dr. Linda, illustrated the notion with these “most people confuse ethics with behaving in accordance with social conventions, religious beliefs and the law", and don 't treat ethics as a stand-alone concept.”(…) They went further to define ethics as “a set of concepts and principles that guide us in determining what behavior helps or harms sentient creatures.” (….) Ethical standard are the standards that are generally acceptable to people in a given…show more content…
The major differences between the Western and Eastern ethics is obvious. The Western ethics deals with finding the truth, while the Eastern ethics care more about protocol, and human respect. It is also important to note that ethics and morality are not born with (inbuilt), they are taught (learn). As kid, we learn moral aspect of right or wrong from our parents, teachers media, etc. from there, we develop a set of idea of right and wrong, and get to make our choice on actions that are generally acceptable to our society. Even though the Westerners and the Easterners use the same media to educate their people on acts that are acceptable, and the ones that are not, but the idea they both communicates are different. The Western ethics emphasis on self, on what is rationally or logically true, and they show so much respect to the law the justice system. Whereas, the Eastern ethic is more of doing what is right, in order to meet the expectation place on individual by his family, community, and culture. Christine C. gave a good example when she compares the ethical standard that student from the Western nations had to adhere to, to what is obtainable in the Eastern nations; “plagiarism is an issue frequently addressed on North American campuses. We assume that our students have a common understanding of the issues involved, and have learned the requirements for appropriately citing sources. However, students from cultures where vast memorization
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