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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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It would also appear that the killing of human fetuses, infants, the senile, mentally retarded, and the comatose would be acceptable under Hoppe's ethical system because they cannot argue.
foreswears any effort to construct an overarching ethical system in the manner of Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Mill, or Rawls, or even to invoke an originary ethics in the manner of Heidegger.
In the Western ethical system, ethics are based upon specific ideas; an action is either right or it's wrong.
Although he was not a conventional theorist, Gandhi's ethical system has attracted the interests of many great writers and theorists from Thomas Merton (1965) to Erik Erikson (1969).
It was and often still is an imposition, not necessarily by power or force, but evangelizers neglect to respect others, beliefs; they simply say, "This is our way to think of God, of life, and the whole ethical system.
Chapter 2 contends that any ethical system is anchored in a worldview and considers five basic worldview paradigms and the implications for sexuality.
Viewing Renaissance Art, which is reviewed here, takes on patronage as an ethical system of liberal spending for a greater good.
Indeed, one can almost say that the supreme intellectual project of the Jewish people over the past 25 centuries has been to wrestle the often terrifying, sometimes bizarre words of the ancient holy books into a humane and attractive ethical system.
of Birmingham, UK) tackles these and a number of related questions, basing his discussion on a foundation that insists that an understanding of ethics is essential for developing effective and legitimate policy responses to climate change and the idea of distributive justice should lie at the heart of the ethical system used to formulate these responses.
He needs an ethical system that will enable him to be himself, as his grandmother enabled him to be himself.
An ethical system such as that prevalent among street gangs will lead to the sort of mindless, violent moral behavior evident in using motorists for target practice or to gain status.
It is more realistic because it is based on the world as it is--an accurate view of the human person, society and values--and it is based on an ethical system grounded in universal truths--the Gospel and the natural law.