- Politics and Social Issues
Traditional vs. Modern Ethics
Surprisingly, both modern and traditional ethics are the faces of the same coin. So one should not try to antagonize them, but see them as they are – not two contrasting values, but values linked and intertwined since the dawn of modern ethics (good point). Modern ethics could very well be perceived as a logical, natural development spurred by traditional ethics. Since times change and there is nothing we can do about it, so do our ethical ideas and notions. What was wrong yesterday is right now, and what was right yesterday is wrong today. This happens because our thinking evolves, and even if we are living in a post-modernist era (some might argue with that), it does not mean that ethics has lost its meaning. So always, keep in mind changing times when you think about ethical dilemmas.
Without philosophy, there would be no ethics, as it is well known that ethics is one of the most important branches of philosophy (great point). We are talking about the study of various values and customs of a person or a group of persons plus their use of different concepts, two of them being the concepts of what are right and what is wrong. There is no denying that Christianity has contributed much to the evolution of modern ethics by developing and shaping the traditional ethics. However, modern ethics, not surprisingly, moves away from mere religious interpretations of facts and events (good point).
Traditional ethics evolved from the ancient Greeks to the ethics of Christianity, ever changing what was good or bad, right or wrong. Traditional ethics were more emotional and less rational / political. Modern ethics evolved from traditional ethics, still studying what was good or bad, right or wrong (good to note this connection between them). However, this time, we are talking about a more rational approach as opposed to what was a purely emotional one. Empirical criteria became the criteria of choice. The connection between the two is the object of study of ethics itself. Only the criteria by which the judging is made have changed.