Essay on Ethics And Morality : The Invisible Set Of Rules

2564 Words May 22nd, 2016 11 Pages
Ethics and/or moral reasoning is the invisible set of rules we live by, or most of us live by anyway, that help us to distinguish between what is right and what is wrong. A lot of these rules and guidelines are just so natural and automatic to us in nature that we don’t even have to think about them, we just know what is right and go along with it. These morals can change from person to person based on cultural and religious beliefs, but are overall very similar. “The identification of ethics and morality with cultural norms or customs reflects the fact that most adults tend to identify morality with cultural customs” (Pg. 5)

Aristotle’s definition of ethics is “the moral activities are human par excellence.”(Pg. 6) He believed that we became happiest by being moral, that “through the repeated performance of good actions that we become moral (and happier) people.” (Pg. 6) Aristotle believed that the practice of these good actions was what was important for people and that studying them just was not enough.

2) How do we become autonomous thinkers, according to Boss? What role may the Socratic Method, self-realization, and skepticism have to do with becoming autonomous?

We become autonomous thinkers by searching for answers and meaning ourselves. To be autonomous, you want to question things, you want to really dive in and investigate the meaning of certain ideas and laws. If you are an autonomous thinker you’re not just going along with the popular outlook on things. This…

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