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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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In 2008, Hurka organised a conference on British Moral Philosophers from Sidgwick to Ewing at the University of Toronto.
Even now most moral philosophers know nothing about law.
At this point, it seems clear that Cane and the moral philosophers he attacks are talking about different things.
Hare, who passed away last year, was considered one his generation's most influential moral philosophers.
Noddings builds her argument carefully and deliberately, rooting it in and expanding upon the work of moral philosophers such as Simone Weil and Emmanuel Levinas, while at the same time, challenging the primacy of the Kantian ideal of an ethic of justice.
Alasdair MacIntyre, a philosophy professor at the University of Notre Dame recognized as one of the most important moral philosophers of the 20th century, says Enron's failure is not surprising.
It was here at Tynton Farm, near Llangeinor in Bridgend's Garw Valley, that one of the greatest moral philosophers of all time was born.
Unlike the French philosophes, British moral philosophers such as Adam Smith thought reason secondary to social virtues of the sort Shaftesbury proposed, and they invoked not reason but an innate moral sense as the basis for those virtues.
After many years of debate, moral philosophers have never been able to arrive at a set of principles to explain why people treat the two situations differently.
And in a world grown ever more crassly utilitarian and impatient of any activity that has no obvious practical application, the rise of bioethics came just at the right time to rescue the careers of moral philosophers, for, as the fetuses are aborted and the life support machines are turned off, no one will ever again be able to say that they, the moral philosophers, have no practical effect on the world.
Consequently, moral philosophers have almost nothing to say of relevance to judges (and little enough for anyone else).