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Ethical Theories II

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-02006-4_973-1



Ethical theories are that set of philosophical-juridical theories that try to define a human behavior deontologically defining it right, legitimate or wrong, and illicit. A particular aspect of ethics is the bioethics or ethics of life.


Trying to find what is philosophically and legally right and what is wrong is the task of the scholars of ethical theories. In parallel with the growth of scientific experimentation, the need to define some human activities deontologically has also grown. In the past, these answers were provided especially by the religion that also regulated the activities of the followers culturally (Marini 2012). Today the interference of scientific research and the experimentation of techniques that open up unexplored future scenarios are interposed on a line that is difficult to define and requires important insights by scholars of these disciplines. We talk...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unitelma Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly

Section editors and affiliations

  • Carmela Gulluscio
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  1. 1.Unitelma Sapienza UniversityRomeItaly