One of the most prolific areas of contemporary philosophy is applied
ethics. Applied ethicists focus their work on one or more specific areas in contemporary
society where ethics plays (or should play) an important role. For example, there are
applied ethicists working in the fields of: bio-medical ethics, business ethics,
environmental ethics, legal ethics, engineering ethics, animal rights, to name a few. In
addition to focusing on career specific areas, many applied ethicists attempt to help us
deal with the ethical issues we face in our everyday life.
Use the Web links below to explore various focuses of applied
ethics. With a little exploration you are sure to be able to find information about work
in ethics being done in whatever career or academic area you are personally interested in.
Note how the ethical theories covered in the textbook are molded to fit the specifics of
each field. Many of these sites contain 'case studies' in ethics. These fictionalized
scenarios are often used to help people think clearly about ethical issues that are likely
to come up in their lives.
Ethics Resources on the Web: Links to many areas of Applied Ethics
The Ethics Connection: Comprehensive Applied Ethics site including case
Ethics Updates: General ethics
site, links and information
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