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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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Then, with that identification in hand, move on to the moral questions.
Moral questions, which can be said to be the root of political debates, are often catalysed by one's religious inclinations.
Massachusetts voters have always demonstrated a remarkable degree of independence in dealing with pressing moral questions like abortion, embryonic stem-cell research and gay rights.
Antle acknowledged that Bennett "was an unrepentant drug warrior and leading force for using the federal government to promote traditionalist conservative objectives." But he charged that "libertarian criticism was not limited to Bennett's designs for the state: many were clearly put off by his propensity to judge lifestyles, criticize individual choices and espouse limits on personal appetites." In a Wall Street Journal article published around the same time, Journal columnist Susan Lee, while basically sympathetic to the libertarian viewpoint, wrote that libertarian tolerance "comes from indifference to moral questions, not from a greater inborn talent to live and let live."
This work should be read for the kind of defamiliarizing vision that allows us to rethink contemporary and historical understanding of deep moral questions. Which beings possess souls worth saving and cherishing?
Upon reading this anthology, one is encouraged to juxtapose the self-evident truths, ethics and moral questions of yesterday to the ethics and moral questions of today.
Same-sex marriage has raised serious moral questions, but what about the problems it creates for the rules of protocol?
In the stories of travel in this issue of the Quarterly, the power of literature resides in the moral questions that are always part of such histories.
Choices are made; moral questions and dilemmas emerge.
Apart from the moral questions whether it be about abortion, women in the Church or homosexuality, what of the issues of HIV/AIDS?
Perhaps the most refreshing aspect of the film is that it does not get bogged down in the moral questions of abortion and is more concerned with the general plight of women in 1950s England.
If nothing else, the results remind us that our citizenry is profoundly divided on the political and moral questions of our time.