Meta-ethics, normative ethics and applied ethics are commonly listed as the three main branches of ethics. However, I can't find an article about applied ethics in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Instead, I found an apparently closely related article titled "Theory and Bioethics" which includes the following statement:

Notwithstanding the many attractions of high theory as an intellectual pursuit, the heroic phase of 'applied ethics' was short lived.

What is this "heroic phase" of applied ethics? Or are they saying that applied ethics in general was just a fad or phase that has already passed?

I haven't had a chance to digest the article yet. But it sounds to me like applied ethics may have simply been reclassified and folded into some other branch, category, school or whatever.

I guess a more concise question would be what's the status of applied ethics?

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