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Eastern Orthodox Ethics

  1. Perry T. Hamalis

Published Online: 1 FEB 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781444367072.wbiee480

The International Encyclopedia of Ethics

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Hamalis, P. T. 2013. Eastern Orthodox Ethics. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. .

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  1. Published Online: 1 FEB 2013


The term “Eastern Orthodox Ethics” carries two common meanings. First, it refers to a normative way of life that reflects the teachings of the Eastern Orthodox Church about how to live, about right and wrong, and about the meaning of human flourishing. Second, it refers to the discipline of scholarly inquiry and application practiced by religious ethicists working within the tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christianity. Before considering the term's two meanings in greater detail, a brief overview of the Eastern Orthodox Church will orient and ground the topic.


  • Christianity;
  • ethics