Topic: Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values.
7) It is often said that” individuals have morality while groups have ethics”. Do you agree? Explain with examples.? (250 words)
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Why this question:
The question aims to analyse the concepts of morality and ethics and in what way they can be distinguished from one another.
Key demand of the question:
Explain in detail the concepts of morality and ethics applied to individuals and groups.
Explain – Clarify the topic by giving a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
In brief define what is morality, what is ethics.
Morality and Ethics both concern themselves with what is right and what is wrong. Morality is set of principles that an individual considers being right. Whereas ethics is set of principles that a homogeneous group of people considers as right. Although both have a separate existence, they work in tandem with each other.
Morality is person specific. Although it is derived from the value system outside, the individual believes that the particular action is desirable from her, irrespective of another person’s view. It depends upon her understanding of things. Ethics on the other hands is set of moral values established in the given group of people as given point of time. Ethics often takes the form of traditions, laws. It is what society as a whole considers moral.
Quote relevant examples to justify better.
Conclude with relevance of such concepts in ethical conduct of one’s life.