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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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The realists among moral philosophers try to show the interaction between morons and ourselves, and fail; while the anti-realists, who believe in mind-dependent morality, exist under the same shadow, for they have to say, bearing the realist camp in mind, that morality is somehow "made up," coming entirely from within.
Leopardi's reception in England was undoubtedly clouded by two forces: the first was Wordsworth's considerable reputation as a moral philosopher for the English people, and the reception of both him and his poetry as a result of it; second, Wordsworth's status permitted a relationship between producer of the work and the work itself, on the one hand, and his audience or his consumers on the other.
They could be a quotation from a great moral philosopher - but they are not.
Of course, KOLs must be convinced of their own impartiality, says Carl Elliott, a moral philosopher at the University of Minnesota and author of Better Than Well; American Medicine Meets the American Dream.
Moore and, in a separate paper, with Gottlob Frege, Russell's logicism, his theory of descriptions and his substitutional theory, 'the theory of types', his method of analysis, his neutral monism and his metaphysics of logical atomism, his structuralism and the absolute description of the world, his influence on knowledge by acquaintance to knowledge by causation, an essay on 'Russell, Experience, and the Roots of Science' and finally an essay on 'Bertrand Russell: Moral Philosopher or Unphilosophical Moralist'.
In A Delicate Balance: What Philosophy Can Tell Us About Terrorism, Trudy Govier, a Canadian moral philosopher, expresses her conviction "that sustainable security must be grounded in an appreciation of sound values and pursued by strategies that conform to those values.
Take, for example, the case of Roger Scruton the English conservative moral philosopher and columnist.
Govier brings her considerable acumen as a moral philosopher to bear on these critical issues and advances her views persuasively and rationally.
The "free market" idea as a way to organize social life was most clearly articulated by that most prominent moral philosopher of the Scottish Enlightenment, Adam Smith.
If there is a historical antecedent to Jason's approach, it is the generous and imaginative spirit of William James, especially as it emerges in "The Moral Philosopher and the Moral Life.
It is worth examining Professor Singer's views at length because he is so typical an example of the modern moral philosopher, whose reflections, instead of exerting an enlightening effect, exert a coarsening and brutalizing one.