Analytic Philosophy

Analytic Ethics

What is the difference between ethics and morals?

Philosophers tend to use the terms interchangeably. In ordinary usage, however, “morals” refers to private behavior, whereas “ethics” refers to public, professional, or civic behavior. Thus, while judgments about a person’s morals can be about sexual behavior and drinking habits, judgments about ethics often concern the obligations of people in positions of responsibility, for example, “medical ethics.”


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