Thursday, 25 August 2011

The link between ethics and happiness (Part 8 of 9)

[3] Teleological systems of ethics are the best that philosophy has produced.

On the one hand, they go beyond the isolated commandments of partial morality; on the other hand, they aim at providing a comprehensive and consistent methodology, just like logical ethics.

In addition, teleological systems render morality alive by linking it to an overriding goal, namely, happiness.

The word "teleological" comes from the Greek term "telos" which means purpose or goal. Advanced systems of ethics go far beyond "do not steal" and "do not murder."

They view the human condition as a complex combination of factors that need to be judged according to general values and prioritized according to individual objectives.

To be continued in the next post.


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