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Ethics

Standards of conduct or moral judgment.

Ethics

The study and practice of appropriate behavior, regardless of the behavior's legality. Certain industries have professional organizations setting and promoting certain ethical standards. For example, an accountant may be required to refrain from engaging in aggressive accounting, even when a particular type of aggressive accounting is not illegal. Professional organizations may censure or revoke the licenses of those professionals who are found to have violated the ethical standards of their fields.

In investing, ethics helps inform the investment decisions of some individuals and companies. For example, an individual may have a moral objection to smoking and therefore refrain from investing in tobacco companies. Ethics may be both positive and negative in investing; that is, it may inform where an individual makes investments (e.g. in environmentally friendly companies) and where he/she does not (e.g. in arms manufacturers). Some mutual funds and even whole subdivisions are dedicated to promoting ethical investing. See also: Green fund, Islamic finance.
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There is balance of opinions and views among scholars of African environmental ethics regarding what should be the nature of ethics towards the environment.
Damien Keown and Simon James have argued that the virtue ethic of Buddhism is the most promising Buddhist resource for environmental ethics.
This Article argues that there is no necessary or essential disconnect between environmental law and environmental ethics.
In this way, the book is a welcome addition to "the field of environmental ethics [that] remains distant from the arena in which environmental decisions are made" (2).
Environmental ethics is the philosophical inquiry into the nature and justification of general claims relating to the environment.
Professor Rounthwaite has really been asking what environmental ethics are reflected in Canadian environmental statutes or, in other words, how might those laws be perceived from various ethical perspectives.
An overview of the approaches of various religious traditions to environmental ethics and a discussion of the various ways that nature can be valued are also included in this introductory chapter.
Environmental ethics call for setting limits to consumption, and seeing that all species have a right to their share of natural resources.
He has also worked on issues involving environmental ethics, and has assisted the Anglican Consultative Council in dealing with Lambeth resolutions on ethical issues surrounding technology and the environment.
The college composition classroom, specifically one devoted to writing across the curriculum, is a perfect place to introduce environmental ethics as a preparation for future classes in environmental literature, After developing a basic understanding of philosophical ethics and securing basic writing skills in parallel, students can move on to engage with seminal texts of environmental ethics.
He warns, however, that deforestation is not just an economic issue: It is also a matter of humanitarian concerns and long-term environmental ethics.
Holmes Rolston III, professor of philosophy at Colorado State University, whose 30 years of research, writing and lecturing on the religious imperative to respect nature have established the field of environmental ethics, has been named the recipient of the 2003 Templeton Prize.

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