• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

How can we know, if at all, that our behaviour is ethical?"

Extracts from this document...


Ioulia Samouilovskaia. 21.09.05. TOK: ethics and morality. "How can we know, if at all, that our behaviour is ethical?" In order to be able to answer this question we must first define what ethics is. Most of the dictionaries and philosophers define it as "a science of morality"; it's the study of the general nature of morals and of the specific moral choices to be made by a person. And therefore in order to answer how we can know whether our behaviour is ethical, we must find out whether our behaviour is moral. However, there are several different ways to approach this question. For some people religion is the perfect example of what is good and bad, and therefore moral and immoral comes from religion. ...read more.


kamikaze), however in a Catholic religion to end your own life, even if its for your country is one of the greatest sins and you will go straight to hell. The other factor is also that a lot of people are atheists and therefore don't believe in religion, which means that they also don't believe the morals that it sets. These examples prove us that we cannot judge from the religion whether our behaviour is ethical or not. Some people truly believe that as long as they follow the society rules, their behaviour is correct and is therefore ethical. Unfortunately this belief is wrong, because in some cases an entire society can move away from what is ethical. And a good example of such case is Communist Russia or Nazi Germany. ...read more.


For example some people believe that there is nothing incorrect in drinking alcohol on special occasions, while the others believe that consuming any alcohol at all is already immoral. People believe that as long as they can justify their actions, their moral values are correct, however the problem is that the people's justifications are not always ethical, depending on their opinion. So as we can see, even our personal feelings cannot tell us whether our behaviour is ethical or not, as everyone has different opinions about how they should live, what they should achieve in life and what ways do they achieve their dreams. To conclude, I believe that we cannot know whether our behaviour is ethical or not. It can be more or less correct; however whether it is completely ethical it is impossible to say. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Ethics section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Ethics essays

  1. What is the relationship between religion and morality?

    It emphasizes the right teachings etc. 'Religion prevents our children from having a rational education, religion prevents us from removing the fundamental cause of war; religion prevents us from teaching the ethics of scientific co- operation in place of the old fierce doctrines of sin and punishment.'

  2. Compare and contrast Plato and Aristotle on the acquisition of ethical understanding.

    For instance, the 'guardians' were the only people who he believed should rule, and in this way were not equal to anyone else, as they had more power than their fair share. There is an obvious criticism to this, Lord Acton stated that, 'Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.'

  1. In this essay I will talk about this question Do we need God to ...

    Some atheists say that rationality and honesty teaches us what is good and not god. Some people (Agnostics) believe that it is possible that god/gods exists but that morality comes from the society we live in and that the people we look up to and admire are the ones who help us to know what is wrong and right.

  2. Explain what Scholars means when they say ethical statements are no more than expressions ...

    He believes that whilst all other theories are trying to differentiate between whether statements can be proved true or false, Prescriptivism is unique in a sense in that it is helping others to understand and follow their moral opinions, rather than stating their approval or disapproval.

  1. How can you or your society decide ethically which knowledge should or should not ...

    Then how do we agree ethically, if our faith or religion oppose? We would simply all kill ourselves! The search for knowledge could walk its own path. If there were such a thing as a free economic system, (where supply and demand for goods and services are controlled by market forces - no government!)

  2. With reference to abortion, examine and comment on the view that the sanctity of ...

    utilitarian William Shaw claimed that, although Utilitarianism would clearly dictate the above conclusion, a good utilitarian would still praise the wrongdoer for their charitable donation even though it is wrong. This is because punishing such a person would likely push them to no longer make any charitable contributions, so praising

  1. What do I mean when I say, 'I know', and why should anyone believe ...

    The child's parents will make sure that the child understands that it is wrong to hurt, by punishing him/her, so that the child connects hurting someone with being punished. Therefore morals and ethics are human, therefore experiences. Morals and ethics help us see our experiences, but just like the child

  2. How Successful is The Co-operative Banks Ethical policy?

    Firstly, employees will feel more motivated as a result of two factors, both of which make he employees more motivated and therefore more productive: a. They will feel they are a part of a firm that is trying to make the world better.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work