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Applied Ethics

Thomas Søbirk Petersen and Jesper Ryberg

in Philosophy

ISBN: 9780195396577
Published online May 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396577-0006
Applied Ethics

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Applied ethics is a branch of ethics devoted to the treatment of moral problems, practices, and policies in personal life, professions, technology, and government. In contrast to traditional ethical theory—concerned with purely theoretical problems such as, for example, the development of a general criterion of rightness—applied ethics takes its point of departure in practical normative challenges. Along with general overviews and journals, nine central branches of applied ethics are added, with four or five references in connection to each branch. It should be noted that these branches constitute only a selection among the plethora of disciplines within AE. Moreover, there is some overlap among the different areas. For instance, as ethical discussions on these fields are evolving and growing, animal ethics, environmental ethics, and the ethics of human enhancement have developed into separate branches of applied ethics (originally, they were all part of bioethics) with their own anthologies and monographs. Important areas that are not mentioned under separate sections are, for example, “medical ethics,” “feminism,” “research ethics,” and “media ethics.” However, the first three of these subjects are either covered by bioethics or treated separately under other branches such as environmental ethics or human enhancement and ethics and the latter is covered by computer and information ethics.

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Subjects: Philosophy ; Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art ; Epistemology ; Feminist Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy ; Metaphysics ; Moral Philosophy ; Non-Western Philosophy ; Philosophy of Language ; Philosophy of Law ; Philosophy of Mathematics and Logic ; Philosophy of Mind ; Philosophy of Religion ; Philosophy of Science ; Social and Political Philosophy

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