In my philosophy of science class we recently discussed ethics in science, mostly regarding fraud, testing etc., but we've been asked this:
How do you tell the difference between good and bad?
Essentially I see this as what differentiates right and wrong, but I think this is a very tricky topic.
Obviously an individuals thoughts on right/wrong or good/bad would depend on the context, their own experiences, perceptions, their religion, morals expectations and the way they view societies expectations/perceptions etc. Yet there are many things that the majority of the population would agree are right or wrong (i.e murder). Do you think we all came to these agreements through simultaneous reasoning? Or do you think it was the result of people's opinions mimicking those of the greater society?
How do you think most of the universal morals came to be?
Also does anyone else agree that the common argument that man created religion could also be applicable here - in the way that man created the terms 'good' and 'bad' and thus there is no predetermined good or bad, but instead just our individual interpretation of it?
And if you do agree, how do you think 'good' and 'bad' or right/wrong first became part of the human thought process?
I know I'm rambling here, but basically i'm asking: What is your interpretation of good and bad? How do you think the terms have evolved?
(Also, I'm not sure if this topic has already been discussed, because I had my suspicions that it might have been, but couldn't find a thread for it. But if it has, sorry!)