Ethics (also known as moral philosophy) is a branch of philosophy which seeks to address questions about morality, such as what the fundamental semantic, ontological, and epistemic nature of ethics or morality is (meta-ethics), how moral values should be determined (normative ethics), how a moral outcome can be achieved in specific situations (applied ethics), how moral capacity or moral agency develops and what its nature is (moral psychology), and what moral values people actually abide by (descriptive ethics).
- recognises the challenging nature of everyday ethical issues;
- acknowledges the limitations of approaches to ethics which focus solely on abstract thinking ignoring contexts;
- draws attention to the complexity of human experience and relationships;
- accepts that there is much uncertainty and unpredictability in everyday life and that humans are fallible; and
- celebrates the values of moral diversity.
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