Kinds of Ethics

Albert Borgmann

in Real American Ethics

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066349
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066356 | DOI:
Kinds of Ethics

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This chapter discusses theoretical ethics, practice ethics, and real ethics. It argues that theoretical ethics gives us the landmarks or the framework of contemporary ethics but, left to itself, gives us an impoverished view of the moral life. Practical ethics attends to the texture and the richness of ethical conduct but, if it goes no further, remains inconsequential and inconclusive as regards the quality of our lives. Real ethics investigates the moral structure of the material culture and thus reveals the levies, dams, and channels that constrain the course of life, and it discloses the things of art and nature that inspire and engage us.

Keywords: theoretical ethics; practice ethics; real ethics; contemporary ethics; moral; ethical conduct; material culture

Chapter.  2575 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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