faceshot_BandWManus Charleton
Manus Charleton writes essays and fiction. His work has been published in Irish Pages, A Journal of Contemporary Writing, Dublin Review of Books, Studies, an Irish Quarterly Review, on RTE’s Brainstorm website, and on the Religion and Ethics website of the Australian National Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

He studied philosophy in University College Dublin in the late 1960s and early 70s. From 1980 to 2012 he worked as a lecturer in the now (since 2022) Sligo campus of Atlantic Technological University (ATU). He taught Communications initially, followed by Ethics, Politics, and Morality & Social Policy on the Social Care degree, and Ethics on a Masters in Business Administration.

He wrote the textbook Ethics for Social Care in Ireland: Philosophy and Practice (2nd. edition 2014). See side panel.  And has also been published in the Journal of Social Work Practice and the European Journal of Social Education.

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Ethics and Philosophy

As a subject of study in itself, ethics comes within philosophy. One of the central questions philosophy explores is the understanding of what it means to be good or to do the right thing. Within ethical or moral philosophy attempts are made to establish a basis for values and principles to guide behaviour in practice. 

See ‘Some Thoughts on Moral Philosophy Now’ under ‘About Ethics’  in the ‘Ethics’ page, link above.

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The Prevalence of Ethical Discourse in Everyday Life

“… it’s virtually impossible to make sense of or meaningfully participate in social life without recognising that the entanglement of facts and values is so much part of our self-understanding and human interactions.” (Johnny Lyons in ‘Problems, problems’ Dublin Review of Books February 2023).

See also especially a related Martha Nussbaum quote in the ‘Archives’ link above under the heading Coping with Competing Challenges and Pressures.