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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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Depending on who you talk to, she was an ethicist, philosopher, legal thinker," said Marie Griffith, director of the John C.
It has been a privilege to be a part of that conversation," she wrote in her penultimate Ethicist post.
Pressure can be applied on the ethicist by reducing funding, or threatening to terminate it entirely, under the argument that, with limited overall funds, the PI can only allocate funding to successful lines of research (subjectively determining that the ethical line of research is "going nowhere").
Media company the New York Times Company's (NYSE:NYT) The New York Times Magazine on Friday named Ariel Kaminer as it first ethicist columnist, a column that responds to weekly ethical dilemmas posed by readers.
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The New York Times Magazine's famed ethicist columnist Randy Cohen is bringing his wisdom of the week to the newspaper's Web site.
The Post consulted The Poynter Media Institute's ethicist Bob Steele.
Ethicist Margaret Somerville of McGill University is concerned about the threat posed by terrorists and tyrants with whom we have fundamental value conflicts, and by the new techno-science: genetics, reproductive technologies, artificial intelligence, and nano-technology.
In an October 4 letter to the London Times, signers such as the Dalai Lama, retired Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Catholic ethicist Father Robert Drinan of Georgetown University lamented the "global horror story" that results in 1,000 deaths a day from the world's nearly 640 million firearms.
Chapters by an ethicist and an environmental writer survey the meals of three typical American families with differing tastes and shopping habits, using their contrast to survey wider issues of working conditions, environmental degradation, health and more.
Kass, a University of Chicago ethicist who is also a vocal opponent of embryonic stem cell research.
Bruce Weinstein, the professional ethicist known as the Ethics Guy, said congressmen have a limited right to health privacy.