I don't really see the value of the "practical ethics" tag. Maybe this is a difference between philosophy in America and elsewhere, but I would understand:

applied ethics vs. normative ethics vs. meta-ethics

but I don't get what "practical-ethics" is supposed to mean.

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    I agree, it seems useless. We can go through those questions and re-tag them appropriately (3/4 are within the last 24 hrs); we do this occasionally when we notice strange tags. Just wait a bit pending some discussion from the originator, which seems to be MB. Maybe he has a valid justification.
    – stoicfury
    Jul 3, 2014 at 15:26

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I had asked for an 'applied-ethics' tab to be created, in one of my questions. In response, @MoziburUllah created the 'practical-ethics' tab, which was supposed to fill that need (see first comment there). Feel free to ask this user what the rationale was behind 'practical-ethics' vs. 'applied-ethics' (I assume it's a regional thing), but I very much think that applied ethics should exist as a tab, as it is a recognized class in most higher ed philosophy departments, and is well recognized as a subcategory by encyclopedias and journals, etc.

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    'Applied ethics' seems like it'd be a better term. I notice we have a lot of questions with the social-ethics tag too. Perhaps we should move those to the 'applied ethics' tag, unless we plan on having all the other sub-categories as well.
    – stoicfury
    Jul 5, 2014 at 17:05
  • @stoicfury personally agree on both accounts. I wasn't necessarily defending the practical-ethics tab, merely explaining it's origin and that it's usefulness was meant to be by being used as applied-ethics would be.
    – That Guy
    Jul 6, 2014 at 6:36

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