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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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Ethicists would do well to apply a key argument of C.
Another found that ethicists and political science professors voted at the same rate as did nonethicist philosophers and professors in departments other than philosophy.
A similar situation occurs when the ethicist is working as part of a larger project in which funding for the ELSI researcher's position comes from, and is administered by, the project's PI.
Neither chaplains nor clinical ethicists can claim a monopoly on expertise in their principle areas of service and focus--spirituality and ethical decision-making, respectively.
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.
However, more traditional ethicists, including the Catholic Church, oppose the compromise arguing it means cloned human beings will be created for the express purpose of killing them for their organs thus turning them into "mere organ sources," LifeSite Daily News reported.
Some ethicists are concerned that the technology will eventually be used for choosing physical characteristics, such as eye color or height.
When a high-powered committee of British ethicists considered this possibility in the early 1990s it took the view that any child created by such a procedure would not be able to come to terms with the idea of deriving from aborted fetal tissue.
THE OLD GREEK GODS were not, to put it mildly, practising ethicists, nor did they show any interest in the subject.
In fact, consultations performed by individual clinical ethicists are becoming increasingly popular.
A backlash seems to be developing against the sometimes-loose ethical codes of the late 1990s, as writer Greg Millman found in a series of interviews with top finance executives and business professors and ethicists.
In diagnosing the present I shall outline some of the key issues as we consider what some ethicists perceive as eugenic dangers and also promises for genetic therapies.