Thursday, 18 August 2011

The link between ethics and happiness (Part 1 of 9)

From all branches of philosophy, ethics is the most practical. Values connect abstractions to decisions and morality provides guidelines to surmount difficult situations. Ethical systems are worthless if they are not aligned with reality and validated by facts.

History has produced hundreds of different ethical teachings that work well in specific circumstances but fail catastrophically in other contexts.

Fortunately, we can see if those philosophies pass the tests of veracity and practicality without having to examine them one by one.

For the purpose of analysis, ethical systems can be grouped in three main types: the partial, the logical, and the teleological.

To be continued in the next post.


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