“Ethicists mean different things when they use the term good”. Discuss


When a person says that “something” is good, they usually mean that because it works in the favour of the person who said that comment, ex. “I have a good pen”. This statement means that the “pen” could be functioned well etc; the pen is good because it works in that person’s favour. However if a person did a “good” deed for someone else then the “goodness” in the word is something completely different because the word now has a moral element to it. Because the word “good” now has different meanings, it is difficult to say whether ethical dilemmas are now either based on personal opinion or external facts. If the moral value of good is fact, then it is true for everyone.

There are three ways that categorised moral ethics, Descriptive, Normative and Meta. Descriptive just describes a fact, for example (if there was a fact) “most car crimes happen in unemployed areas” then the fact would be seen as descriptive through moral ethics. Normative is just opinion on good/bad in moral ethics, for instance if a person uses a normative view on our example of “car crimes”, the most likely answer we will get from the example will be “how dreadful that unemployed people steal cars”. They used their opinion in response to fact. Meta questions the good/bad of the fact and opinion such as, “What do we mean by


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