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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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[USA], Apr 19 (ANI): A recent study claims to answer the much-debated question - Why people make certain moral decisions?
In this section I would like to address the question of moral disagreement, but not in the standard framework, where the existence of disagreement is usually taken as part of a powerful argument against some sorts of objectivity in morals that the talk about moral perception or intuition might invite.
: ways of behaving : moral conduct <They have a high standard of morals.>
In Carey's words, conservatives "believe that shared values, morals, and standards, along with accepted traditions, are necessary for the order and stability of society" and that some restrictions on individual freedom, including censorship, may be needed to preserve this social cohesion.
Writing for the majority, Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin justified this decision by noting that "over time, courts increasingly came to recognize that morals and taste were subjective, arbitrary and unworkable in the criminal context...."
The central issue in this study is whether Kant's conception of the transcendental freedom of the human being as a moral agent can be reconciled with his discussions of "moral anthropology." By "moral anthropology," a phrase that he adopts from Kant's usage in the Metaphysics of Morals, Frierson means the use of the knowledge of human beings derived from anthropology, or the empirical study of human nature, to promote moral action.
One of the lies that he brings to the forefront is the lie of "moral relativism," the lie that says "morals don't matter." In making his point that morals do matter, he reminds us that the Founding Fathers made it clear that our country and our way of government and even our individual freedoms will only survive and flourish as long as our country remains moral.
Christ and his gospel are the primary standard in deciding the faith and morals of our church.
"A well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals," the document said.
Even as these narrators tell stories with 'morals' or lessons, the reader is instantly challenged to assess their remarks, accept them or reject them, without recourse to clerical authority.
The last twenty years have witnessed a wealth of sophisticated arguments articulated by Grisez, Finnis, Joseph Boyle, and more recently Robert George developing what others have called "the new natural law theory." This review is not the place to rehash the pros and cons of those issues, but the reader should be aware of the radical differences in the philosophical landscape on divergent accounts of the fundamental principles of the metaphysics of morals in Aquinas.
Morals' paintings on the walls of Waters & Colors, for example, feature island scenes with languid palm trees, beach scenes with a flying in-line skater and other Miami-esque tropical themes.