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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38) According to intellectualists, these passages are mainly intended as a phenomenological description of how the recognition of the moral law can influence ordinary sensibility.
We can now describe Murphy's own view, which attempts to establish a concurrentist account of moral law that incorporates the best of both natural law ethics and theological voluntarism.
If Positive Laws contravene the Moral Law - like in the case of "same-sex" unions -- citizens not only can refuse to obey them; they have the obligation to defy these immoral Laws.
In the second chapter he outlines the position that moral facts can be explained by the presence of moral law and that the moral law in turn can be explained by facts about God who is best thought of as playing an immediate explanatory role in the existence of moral law.
For Aquinas, what is at stake in any morally complex situation is not only made evident by the clarifying truth of the moral law.
The greed and selfishness of bankers, others in the high income groups and some MPs demonstrates that they too do not respect the moral law.
This discussion represents an attempt to draw from Kant's general account of human psychology clues that will help us understand how Kant would or should explain the unique problems related to moral psychology, given the commitments he has already made to the determination of the will by the moral law of reason.
This brings us back to Kant's other object of reverence and awe, the moral law within.
MELBOURNE: The 18th-century German philosopher Immanuel Kant wrote: "Two things fill the heart with ever renewed and increasing awe and reverence, the more often and more steadily we meditate upon them: the starry firmament above and the moral law within.
Polo explores classic themes in ethics-freedom, the moral law, virtue, happiness, the will, human action, from a decidedly contemporary point of view, turning to the theory of evolution and cultural sociology for material for philosophical reflection and to physics for occasional analogies.
A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God.
that my wife and I would have been obligated to feed our neighbors' cats had we promised to do so from the moral law respecting the keeping of promises (assuming one has a sufficient understanding of the content of that law), because one evaluates the former counterfactual's truth by reference to possible worlds in which we promised to feed their cats and the same moral laws obtain.