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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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Evil consists, for Kant, in the natural human propensity to subordinate the moral law to the incentives of self-love or inclinations.
And in the absence of an adequate answer to this question, we should conclude that moral principles are not moral laws.
s constant foe is the legacy of the Enlightenment, or what he awkwardly calls the Moral Law folk theory and which he broadly conceives to encompass all of Western morality.
At each location or stopover in the long-distance network, there was a rabbi who was a person of trust; so, when the Colmar rabbi wrote the Constantinople rabbi to ask for help in some special mission, the assistance was granted and fulfilled in accordance with the ancient moral laws of the Old Testament and the Talmud.
Canada's Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin seems, however, to have a superior insight into such universal "truths" and moral laws.
Korsgaard's contribution argues that Kantian laws of autonomy are indeed positive moral laws since only an autonomous moral agent can make a law intrinsically normative.
Yet everywhere, the experience of individuals and nations suggests that there are moral laws in the world: lies, promiscuity, greed and violence all have definite consequences.
as will declare the nation's allegiance to Jesus Christ and its acceptance of the moral laws of the Christian religion, and so indicate that this is a Christian nation.