System of ideas, rules, instructions and practices that concern how the
members of a certain group should behave.
It should be noted, to start with, that it makes a lot of sense to
distinguish between morals, as defined, that concerns behavior, and
ethics, that is more
abstract, and concerns ends and addresses the
topics of good and bad.
And indeed, most of the ethics most men profess, are not so much ethical
theories, but moral rules and practices current in their own group or
society. Also, there is at least in English a
convenient distinction: If ethics is concerned with the theoretical questions
of good and bad and
with the ends of a society or a person, then morals
is concerned with behavior and what is right and wrong to do.
Thus, morals, as defined, is concerned with more practical matters and
behavior than ethics is, and those who want to
reason about it should be aware that there are a number of real and practical
features of moral norms
that collectively imply that in moral matters things are usually not quite as
they are claimed to be, for sound if 'human-all-too-human' reasons.