Ethics: “The basis of morality is a belief that good and harm to particular people (or animals) is good or bad not just from their point of view, but from a more general point of view, which every thinking person can understand” (Nagel 67).
Ethics and morals are an interrelated topic that comes up across all of the social science disciplines and in topics that are related to our everyday lives. Nagel believes that ethics and morals are both macro and micro, in a way, and that we all, be it consciously or subconsciously, take into consideration not just our own interests but the interests of others when moving through and interacting with the world. One action or choice – to bring another life into the world or help to take it out, to help someone in need or to keep walking—has a ripple effect, small and large, over the world. Wikipedia states, “Ethics or moral philosophy is the branch of philosophy that involves systematizing, defending, and recommending concepts of right and wrong conduct.” (Ethics).
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Nagel, Thomas. What Does It All Mean?: A Very Short Introduction to Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press, 1987. Print.
“Ethics.” Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 22 July 2004. Web. 10 May 2016.