To the Usage of Concept of Ethics in Public Administration and Jurisprudence

Saulius Kanišauskas


The paper being of polemic character discusses the usage of such concepts as „ethics“, „morality“ and Lithuanian concept „dorovë“ in public administration, jurisprudence and academic discourse. Referring to the classical (Aristotelian) ethics as the conception of philosophical theory of morality, the paper analyses satirized stenography of the Commission on Ethics and Procedures sitting in the Seimas of Lithuanian Republic. The paper claims that in most cases the concept of „ethic“ should be replaced by the Lithuanian concept of „dorovë“ or at least by the international concept of „morality“; „behavior code“ or at least „morality code“ should be used instead of „the code of ethics“. In the case of speaking or writing about the real problems of ethics, it is suggested to explicate which ethical theory of philosophy as the science of morality is observed.


Lithuanian concept „dorovë“; morality; ethics; commissions

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