Topic– Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships.
6) The existence of ethics entirely depends on our ability to choose. Critically Comment.(250 words)
Why this question
Free will is an integral component of the philosophy of ethics. It is therefore essential to examine and understand the association between the two.
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to express our knowledge and understanding on the relationship between ethics and the free will. How is one important for the other.
Critically Comment- here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon. Based on our discussion, we have to from a fair and a personal opinion on the issue.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- write a few lines defining ethics and free will.
- Discuss the relationship between free will and ethics in the sense that they are organically and intrinsically linked. E.g If some have the ability to choose but others do not, then ethics is applicable to the world, but perhaps not as we know it. If nobody has the ability to choose, then ethics is inapplicable to the world. If everyone has the ability to choose, then the actions they choose to do can be good, evil or neither; this being in virtue of their ability to choose etc.
- Discuss how ethics can exist aloof from free will. E.g discuss the concept of utilitarianism.Take the help of the article attached to the question and other relevant material to frame your answer.
Conclusion– Based on your discussion, form a fair and a balanced conclusion on the given issue.