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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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The standbys of a "better life" and "one [unified, equal] society" balanced against a "humane" approach to "security" are tenets of normative ethics, particularly as regards the human right to migrate across borders (cf.
McCloskey, Meta-Ethics and Normative Ethics (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1969) 7; and John D.
Further, the fourth chapter in this section displays a marked shift of attention from clarifying certain aspects of human virtue to interpreting the Doctrine of Virtue as Kant's statement on normative ethics.
Nevertheless, the very point of speaking of metanorms is to provide the context for the application of the insights from normative ethics.
Carey called for a normative ethics that would unite the philosophical study of ethical theory with descriptive ethics.
His subjectivism in meta-ethics provides Hume with the necessary foundation on which to construct his normative ethics.
Another significant virtue of the collection is the explicit addressing of the issue: what can virtue ethics or virtue theory offer a normative ethics which adequately takes into account the importance of family and community?
In particular, I believe that business communication ethics research should: (a) identify and address issues that integrate central concerns of business, communication, and ethics; (b) use a full range of research methods in addressing questions of descriptive ethics; (c) move beyond descriptive ethics to address normative ethics and, perhaps, even meta-ethics; (d) relate current research both to past research in business communication ethics and to the large, diverse body of research in other fields such as ethics and business ethics; and (e) encourage and support those scholars who choose business communication ethics research as a major research focus.
Keywords philosophy of the social sciences; system science; system design; inquiring system; Kant's aesthetics; evaluation; meta-ethics; normative ethics
Fletcher developed what he called "situation ethics," which attempted to combine the too-often fractured aspects of normative ethics - such as natural law, deontology, and teleology - and also sought to foresee potential ethical dilemmas on the horizon.
Normative ethics has by now been discredited as just another routine in the nefarious machinery of oppression.