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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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On the other hand, the moral philosopher's approach to business ethics is often to immerse us in the discourse about the epistemological status of moral concepts to such an extent that it becomes difficult to see the practical relevance of them in the management context.
Consequently, moral philosophers have almost nothing to say of relevance to judges (and little enough for anyone else).
English bishop, moral philosopher, and satirist, remarkable for his literary versatility and innovations.
I don't see how one can take literature as seriously as she does without considering the possible limitations and defects of one's chosen examples of it, especially since they clearly have the closest bearing on its value for the moral philosopher. The questions that one can't help asking about the Ververs - how did Adam become so rich without being a ruthless businessman, isn't Maggie brilliantly adept at manipulating people, however much she is suffering?
At the peak of his powers, he was now clearly an astute social commentator as well as moral philosopher. Among the book's topics were the discoveries of science, evolution, uses of wealth, importance of culture, faith, art, and a reevaluation of the position of the transcendentalists.
The outstanding exponent of conceptism, Gracian has been variously regarded as a moral philosopher of considerable depth and as an unoriginal intellectual poseur.
As a moral philosopher Berkeley espouses for the most part the natural law outlook of Aristotle and Aquinas, avoiding the utilitarian and consequentialisms of the day.
The moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre has argued that the idea that we are either doing good for ourselves or for others is a trap that is hard to escape from.
Against the idea that Albert Schweitzer's ethical practice outpaced his moral vision and thinking, Cicovacki (philosophy, College of the Holy Cross) resurrects Schweitzer as a moral philosopher and religious thinker.
Zagorin died in April 2009 at the age of 88 and in this last work he presents his assessment of Thomas Hobbes as a political and moral philosopher. Zagorin's analysis is based on Hobbes' three major political works--The Elements of Law (1640), De cive (1641), and Leviathan (1651)--which were written during the English Civil War that resulted in the temporary defeat of the British monarchy.
The central focus of the narrative is how Jane Addams developed as a moral philosopher, a process the author documents by showing us the choices as Addams experienced them herself at each stage.
(As the moral philosopher Alasdair MacIntyre acidly observed about "that dangerous and unmanageable institution," the modern nation-state, "being asked to die for it is like being asked to die for the telephone company.") Second, the Catholic Church has officially beatified these men and women as martyrs to "divine and Christian truth." They are, simply, Christian martyrs.