Ethical vs. Moral

What is the difference between making an ethical decision and making a moral decision? How can it be problematic to make a moral decision? Can a decision be ethical without being moral?

Moral decisions are based on the values of any given person. This can be impacted by upbringing, culture, religion, etc., and is not the same for everyone. Ethics, on the other hand, utilizes rationality to share truthful, responsible, understandable information even if someone doesn’t agree with it.

Making a moral decision can be problematic because everyone doesn’t possess the same beliefs, religion, opinions, etc. So, a moral decision to me may not be a sound, moral decision to another. Because of differing values, I do believe it’s possible to make an ethical decision without it being a moral one.

“Ethics is knowing the difference between what you have a right to do and what is right to do.” -Potter Stewart


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