Ethics

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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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At a deeper level, what is at issue is not the moral question as to whether same-sex behavior is good or not, but the essential doctrinal issue of what methodology is acceptable in biblical interpretation and if it is applied consistently.
The moral realist by definition believes that moral questions are questions about reality and as such are subject to morally objective correct answers.
This disconnect between a scientist's research and the ethical and moral questions which emerge through the use of this research has now reached such terrible proportions that even the annihilation of thousands of human lives through weapons created by the use of scientific and technological discoveries and inventions has produced no response among the scientific community, as if it lives on another planet.
He has suggested that we actually set up and convene informal Courts of Wisdom to debate the issues; it has also been suggested that we have public discussions upon moral questions at our various Centers and/or secular humanist groups throughout the world.
If human cloning were to become possible, it would generate some very serious moral questions, largely because of the legal environment created by the Roe v.
99) BRUMMIE author McCabe's black comedy of greed and deception is a fable for the computer age - asking awkward moral questions as it amuses and thrills by turn.
Most people think of moral questions and issues as problems that intrude upon their practical lives and, indeed, moral crises and moral dilemmas have this character.
I remain interested in the moral questions that irritate, befuddle, and inspire them.
It tells of his first blustering proposal for a "sink the Maine" stratagem, then his deepening second thoughts, then his courage in standing up to the room full of powerful hawks and putting forward the moral questions, and the long-kept-secret but crucial negotiation and compromise with the Russians.
Based on the Anthony Burgess novel of the same name, it certainly offers up some very interesting moral questions and the imagery is quite shocking in parts.
He said: "If politicians cross the line into moral questions then religious leaders will always speak out.