Dr. Diane O’Leary
February 24, 2013
How to Have Ethic Behavior
Is ethics natural or learned behavior? A behavior can often be defined as the conduct of a person, the manner and mode of action in which this person treats others and the way he or she responds to a stimulus (MacKellar, 2007). People come into the world with no knowledge of their surroundings and with complete innocence. Therefore, in my opinion ethics is learned behavior.
The argument for this paper is if ethics comes natural to people in our society or if ethics is something that people learn as they grow. Is ethics natural or learned behavior? When learned behavior is taken into thought you have to consider that the types of behaviors and attitudes that are believed to be ethical or unethical by a society are depending upon the set of values and norms a society adopts.
The great philosopher Socrates often disputed this question with his peers. His viewpoint was that ethics “consists of knowing what we ought and such knowledge can be taught.” Socrates was not the only one who supported the view that ethical behavior was learned. It is sometimes regarded in higher education institutions also. According to (Rajamma, 2008), “individuals should become more ethical as they increase their educational accomplishments because of increasing exposure in both receiving and administering ethics curricula.” It is also said that “as individuals progress through different levels of cognitive moral development, their ability to deal with ethical dilemmas improves (Christensen & Kohls, 2003).
On the other hand, ethical behavior can come natural to an individual. Another well-respected philosopher is Aristotle. He was interested in many things. According to (Mosser, 2010), Aristotle explored many different topics, to include, biology, physics and the natural world. Aristotle believed that nature and its moral laws were... [continues]
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