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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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In the above scenarios, the lack of independence is a direct result of the funding structure: the party who is subject to ethical review funds the ethicist, in whole or in part, and has the power, if not to withdraw that funding at will as relates to the particular ethicist and seek a more agreeable ethicist, at least to exclude the ethicist from any future funding opportunities lead by the PI.
But a cash-payment system of organ procurement is strongly opposed by both liberal and conservative ethicists, and also by a host of medical groups.
For Kierkegaard, an ethicist would have to live in fear and trembling squared, first, for the fact of his own infinite culpability, second, because he has at some level to share in the moral responsibility of the person or corporation he is advising.
Although, to be fair, it would be very hard indeed to be an ethicist, or to do a lot of other things, without benefit of arrogance.
At the Vanderbilt clinic 75 of the 80 patients counselled by the clinical ethicist, clearly no pro-life advocate, have opted for corrective surgery.
If Cohen were right about the radical injustice of American society, there would be no point in being an ethicist - and no point in publishing a column about the moral decisions of "day-to-day living.
According to the blurb, the clinical ethicist is the one person who can stop the doctors playing God.
Humans are more than the sum of their genes, argues Mark Hanson, an ethicist at the Hastings Center, an ethics research institute in Briarcliff Manor, New York.
9:25-27); and the evolution of Cannon's thought as a womanist liberation ethicist.
Each dilemma selected met the definitional criteria of an ethical dilemma as previously stated and was reviewed for clarity by an ethicist from the Department of Philosophy, and a professor and a doctoral candidate from the Rehabilitation Institute at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale (SIU).
Dobson argues in favor of passing a law requiring corporations to seat a qualified ethicist on their board of directors as an alternative method of resolving the ethical dilemma.
NEW YORK -- Ariel Kaminer will become the Ethicist for The New York Times Magazine beginning in March.