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  • Moral philosophy

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  • The branch of philosophy that focuses on the study of morality and can be divided into the general study of goodness, the general study of right action, applied ethics, metaethics, moral psychology, and the metaphysics of moral responsibility, although these divisions are not clear-cut. The first two (the general study of goodness and the general study of right action), constitute the main business of ethics and its principal substantive questions are what ends we ought, as fully rational human beings, to choose and pursue, and what moral principles should govern our choices and pursuits. How these questions are related is the principal structural question of ethics.
    "Ethics" is also commonly used interchangeably with "morality" to mean the subject matter of this study; and sometimes it is used more narrowly to mean the moral principles of a particular tradition, group, or individual.


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