Encyclopedia of Sustainable Management

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Ethics and Ethical Theories

  • Borna JalsenjakEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02006-4_115-1

Definition/Description

Ethics is one of the philosophical disciplines concerned with understanding human behavior in the context of morality. Sometimes ethics is also called moral philosophy. Concerning method, ethics can have a descriptive method in which “that what is” is described in the context of human moral behavior and a normative method in which “that what should be” is at the center. Ethics as a philosophical discipline has various goals, but they can be listed as follows: understanding human action in the moral context and providing guidelines on human morally right action. Ethics meets its goals in several ways: (1) by providing a description of human action, (2) by helping to understand the essence of human action in regard to moral qualities, (3) by providing guidance for decision-making in order to act in a morally correct way, and (4) by providing insight in what is considered to be specifically humane way of acting. In the course of history, three most influential...

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References

  1. Bentham, J. (1789). Introduction to the principles of morals and legislation. In J. Bowring (Ed.), The works of Jeremy Bentham (pp. 1838–1843). New York: Russel & Russel.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Luxembourg School of BusinessLuxembourgLuxembourg
  2. 2.Zagreb School of Economics and ManagementZagrebCroatia

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ivana Mijatovic
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Quality Management and StandardizationUniversity of Belgrade, Faculty of Organizational SciencesBelgradeSerbia