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8.1: Empirical versus ethical questions
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- Define empirical questions and provide an example
- Define ethical questions and provide an example
- Empirical questions are distinct from ethical questions.
- There are usually a number of ethical questions and a number of empirical questions that could be asked about any single topic.
- While social workers may study topics about which people have moral opinions, their job is to gather empirical data that guides action on behalf of clients.
- Empirical questions- questions that can be answered by observing experiences in the real world
- Ethical questions- questions that ask about general moral opinions about a topic and cannot be answered through science