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The belief that pleasure is the main aim of human life and whatever is right is pleasant



The belief that good means the greatest good for the greatest amount of people.
If something benefits a lot of people it must be good


Teleological ethics

Consequentialism or concerned with the consequences or outcomes of something
E.g not committing murder because you could go to jail - not because it’s against the law


Deontological ethics

Rule based or concerned with the rules
E.g don’t do drugs because it is against the law not because they are bad for you and you could go to jail


Virtue ethics

These don’t apply to moral situations deontological and teleological
Ethical theories which emphasise virtues of mind, character and a sense of honesty
Focussed on the type of person you want to be
They deal with wider questions such as ‘how should I live?’


Ethics of care

Was proposed predominantly by feminist thinkers
One of the directions virtue ethics developed
Ethics of care Challenge the idea that ethics should focus solely on justice and autonomy, they argue that more feminine traits such as caring and nurturing should also be considered ethics


Ethical egoism

The idea that a persons one and only duty is to get the best, most good for him or herself
Supported by evolution which describes survival of the fittest


Situation ethics

The concept that there is not one right or wrong way to make decisions because there are no true rules, there is just one guiding idea of love or compassion


Descriptive ethics

The way things are, based on observation of attitudes of individuals and communities
E.g the statement ‘Innocent human lives are sometimes taken’


Normative ethics

The way things should be
This is then divided into categories deontological and teleological
E.g the statement ‘ it is always wrong to take and innocent life’


The eightfold path

The steps to reaching enlightenment for buddhists
1. Right view
2. Right intention
3. Right speech
4. Right action
5. Right livelihood
6. Right effort
7. Right mindfulness
8. Right concentration


The 5 precepts

Buddhist guidelines of how to live a moral life- not compulsory
1. Respect life
2. Respect property
3. Respect personal relationships
4. Respect truth
5. Respect oneself



Section in the gospel of Matthew in Christianity which is a collection of Jesus’ sayings in the form of a sermon
Teaching in support of peace making and being merciful
Used to determine and support Christian ethics


Natural law

Refers to the use of reason to analyse human nature to deduce binding rules of moral behaviour from nature’s or gods creation of reality and mankind
If we study nature we will learn how to behave
Thomas Aquinas



Element of Christian decision making
Scripture, tradition, church leaders, human experience, reasoning and logic
The Christian tradition tends to look more at authority than natural law



Christian word for and empathetic attitude of caring for everyone and anyone by understanding the needs of others


Three main approaches to determining ethical and moral conduct for Hindus

1. Atman - conscious connection with everything
2. Karma
3. Ahimsa - do not harm


Karmic path of decision making

1. Conduct or behaviour is the result of human will
2. The effect of following the dharma is good conduct
3. Good conduct results in good karma



Hindu moral order for the universe and a code living that embodies the fundamental principles of law, religion, and duty that governs all Hindus



What Hindus want to reach



The awareness which is the submission to the will of Allah


Basic source for Islamic ethical judgment

The Quran

Sometimes the Hadith and Sunnah


How do Islamic ethics differ for other religions?

Islamic ethics are different from other religions mainly navies the determining factor in ethical descision making is the basic Islamic faith, Islamic ethical behaviour is a requirement of being a Muslim


The 5 pillars

Fundamental statements in Islam
1. Shahada or faith
2. Salat or prayer
3. Zakat or charity
4. Sawm or fasting
5. Hajj or pilgrimage



Islamic law and legal system
Liabilities or consequences which result from crossing the boundaries set by god
These are set by god so they cannot be changed
Church and state are mixed


Sharia law

Islamic laws of which see the will of allah carried out
Based firstly on the Quran and on Sunnah or guidelines of the Islamic faith


What are the principle ethical teaching in Judaism?

The 613 mitzvoth and the 10 commandments

The 10 commandments are ethical commandments and are part o the 613 mitzvoth