Perception of Ethics and Morals Analytical Essay

This paper looks at the relationship between the usage of the word "ethics" and how it is applied.
# 146693 | 1,761 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Jan 13, 2011 in Philosophy (Ethics) , Sociology (General) , Language (General) , Ethics (General)

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In this article, the writer takes a look into how modern language and society interchanges the two very different words "ethics" and "morals". The writer maintains that in today's society the words "ethics" and "morals" are constantly interchanged as if they were synonyms, yet this is far from the truth. The writer examines whether this could have some type of effect on one's perception on what is right and wrong. The writer explains that the definition of the words ethics and morals used to be crystalline and deep with meaning, "ethics" referring to the individual and "morals" referring to the entire society. With both of these words still clearly separated the idea of an individual's standards and society's standards were easily understood. The writer concludes that there is no longer an individual's standards and a society's standards as the two have become one and the same.

From the Paper:

"There is one fact that will always be true: one universal "ethical" and "moral" standard will never exist. Different societies have different moral codes, each of which seek to establish what is true or right within the community. In each and every different society there are always different personas, who have their own and sometimes different standards. This can and always will lead to disorder and discourse within a society or throughout multiple ones. This is seen everywhere in both past and in the present - The American Revolution, the infamous ethnic strife in the Middle East, and, of course, in modern-day politics. This human nature of argument and conflict causes a struggle between the individual's views and society's. In this sense the word "ethics" negates everything that "morals" means and stands for. In a way this makes the two opposites."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "Ethic." The Original Roget's International Thesarus. 6th ed. 2001. Print.
  • "Ethics." The Oxford English Dictonary. 2nd ed. 1989. Print.
  • "Ethics." Webster's New World Dictionary of American English. 3rd ed. 1988. Print.
  • Holy Bible. Cleveland: The World Publishing Company, 1962. Print. Rev. Standard Vers.
  • Nanji, Azim A., ed. Muslim Almanac, The. Thomson Gale, 1996. Print.

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