Topic: Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service, integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker-sections.
7. “”The methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science”, elaborate by emphasizing the essence of objectivity in Ethics. (250 words)
Reference: Ethics by Lexicon Publications
Why this question:
The question is based on the principle of objectivity applied to ethics and its significance.
Key demand of the question:
The answer must discuss the importance of objectivity and in what way the methods of Ethics are continuous with those of empirical science.
Elaborate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.
Structure of the answer:
State what objectivity in ethics refers to.
Objectivity means the state or quality of being true and keeping aside one’s emotions, biases, prejudices. Objectivity is mind independent and object specific. Explain why it is often acclaimed as use of rational, logical or scientific means of arriving at a decision, rather than relying on ad-hoc or a partisan approach. Define its relations with ethical decision making; explain in what way one can draw parallels with empirical science.
Conclude with essence of objectivity to ethics and its application.