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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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