What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

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What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by ClintBarton » June 7th, 2018, 5:03 am

Hi,

Generally, the terms ethics and morality are used interchangeably, although a few different communities (academic, legal, or religious, for example) will occasionally make a distinction. In fact, Britannica’s article on ethics considers the terms to be the same as moral philosophy. While understanding that most ethicists (that is, philosophers who study ethics) consider the terms interchangeable, let’s go ahead and dive into these distinctions.
Both morality and ethics loosely have to do with distinguishing the difference between “good and bad” or “right and wrong.” Many people think of morality as something that’s personal and normative, whereas ethics is the standards of “good and bad” distinguished by a certain community or social setting. For example, your local community may think adultery is immoral, and you personally may agree with that. However, the distinction can be useful if your local community has no strong feelings about adultery, but you consider adultery immoral on a personal level. By these definitions of the terms, your morality would contradict the ethics of your community. In popular discourse, however, we’ll often use the terms moral and immoral when talking about issues like adultery regardless of whether it’s being discussed in a personal or in a community-based situation. As you can see, the distinction can get a bit tricky.

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Re: What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by Belindi » June 7th, 2018, 2:33 pm

This being a philosophy forum it's best to distinguish between the two. I favour using 'morality' in the sociological or social anthropological sense.
Ethics are criteria for evaluating good and may themselves be discarded according to other overarching ethics.

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Re: What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by Dissimulation » July 11th, 2018, 8:20 am

Morality is generally applied to social dynamics in various contingencies. Ethics will likely have various interepratations . I understand ethics as self identical absent opposing duality. An implicit methodology determining actions in immediate contingicies. moral judgements are relational and understood in recollection as judgement of offensive or desirable.

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Re: What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by Iraunn » July 13th, 2018, 11:18 am

I don't think the two words are interchangeable, but I'm
not sure of the difference. Does "moral" apply mainly to
personal interactions, and does "ethical" apply more to
social life?

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Re: What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by Alias » July 14th, 2018, 6:22 pm

Morality is the basis of determining right and wrong. That is, the philosophical framework according to which value-judgments are made. Belief-system; credo; ethos. The reasoning behind which class of volition/decision/act is virtuous and which is reprehensible.

Ethics is the code of behaviour based on a morality. The rules of engagement and conduct; the framework of law; the generally accepted social standard of what behaviour is praised or punished.

Thus a philosophy lays out the Why; an ethic builds up the What; a legal code establishes the How.

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Re: What’s the Difference Between Morality and Ethics?

Post by LuckyR » July 14th, 2018, 10:21 pm

Iraunn wrote:
July 13th, 2018, 11:18 am
I don't think the two words are interchangeable, but I'm
not sure of the difference. Does "moral" apply mainly to
personal interactions, and does "ethical" apply more to
social life?
The OP sums it up quite nicely, actually.
"As usual... it depends."

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