Exploring Ethics

The development of ethical thinking dates back centuries. Trager (1979), has suggested that ethics can be traced back as far as 38,000 years, to the time when people began to organize life and assign tasks among each other. Weiner (2004) has highlighted the evolution of ethics, which is based on the early work of Greek philosophers such as Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Even in these early times, there appeared to be a divide between the great thinkers. Plato advocated that the denial of bodily pleasure was the best course to achieve happiness. He argued that real life is only achieved through ideas and not what can be experienced through the senses. This proved to be a foundation for later religious moral codes. Others, such ...

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