The systematic philosophical investigation of moral systems (i.e., that which is Good).
In Academic Philosophy Ethics is one of
the three subdivisions of Axiology
(the theory of value) which provides an analysis of goodness.
Ethical Theory divides into two main branches:
- Normative Ethics - the systematic attempt to justify moral codes, and
- Nonnormative Ethics - the systematic investigation of the logic and language of moral systems, and the objectivity of moral systems.
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