Remarks on an Operational System of Ethics: Academic Applications

Wojciech Zieliński

Abstract


The article poses a kind of metaethical proposal; it suggests a certain way of dealing with moral issues and applying academic ethics to practice. The three relatively simple rules of moral behaviour, namely: Notice others around you! Be open to criticism! Act in a communicative way! have been discussed in relation to situations typical for academic environment. The author presents the problem in the form of an analytic model defined by him as an operational system of ethics. It enables, among other things, to expose the moral importance of the microscale of social experience, which is significant for the functioning of complex organisations such as modern universities. In the author’s view, the complexity of social life in today’s world should be accompanied by a relatively simple and practically useful ethical thought, which could be helpful in everyday activities of a particular individual.

Keywords


humanistic coefficient; critical rationalism; communication activity; microscale of social experience; acting individual; operational situation; a situation of moral dilemma; axiological decision; critical communication activity

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236