The relationship between law and ethics is shaped by our values and value systems. The relationship between law and ethics is most clearly visible in our society. In other words, ethical behavior is not always forbidden under the law. Hence, it is not possible to justify killing a human being or robbing him of his property. But the consequences of such actions are often severe, and the punishment is not always fair.
The relationship between law and ethics is not always clear. Just because a certain action is legal does not necessarily make it ethically correct. For example, an act of violence can be deemed right by law without being ethically justified. The Overlap Thesis refers to this problem. There are many examples of overlaps between law and ethics. The video prompts viewers to think of specific examples in which the overlap between the two can be most obvious.
In the Western legal tradition, equity was the foundation of law. Thus, in most legal theories, law and ethics go hand in hand. The term “equity” is derived from the Latin root aequus. The word aequus has two different meanings, which led to opposing political theories on law and justice. However, the overlap theory has since been criticized. This article explores how the overlap between law and ethics is manifested in various scenarios.
When ethics and law overlap, it is called the overlap thesis. If they do, there is a conflict between them. For example, a law that is morally justified may be unethical, and an ethically justifiable act is not. The Overlap Thesis denies the co-existence of ethics and law. The Separability Thesis argues that laws are not consistent with morality. It also argues that law is not always consistent with the demands of ethics.
Regardless of the legal and ethical principles, there are often conflicts between the two. In many cases, the legal aspect of a situation may overrule the ethical one. Moreover, a person might not have the same moral obligation as a law-aggressor. While it is possible to find an example of an ethics-based action, it is not always possible to determine whether a law and ethics overlap.
Sometimes, the overlap between law and ethics is not very clear. When a legal action is justified, it is not ethically justifiable. If a particular action is not ethically justifiable, it may not be ethical. A corresponding law, on the other hand, could be morally justifiable, but it is not always right. Therefore, a good example of an overlap between law and ethics is not legal-justifiable.