Introduction to Ethics

Feb 3rd, 2012
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Ethics are the underlying basic principles upon which choices are made throughout life. These are bedrock reference points for right or wrong. Ethical principles are developed early in life, generally by the time a child is 4 or 5 years old. After that point, the person learns how to apply these principles with increasing ability and success.

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University of Phoenix MaterialEthics are the underlying basic principles upon which choices are made throughout life. These are bedrock reference points for right or wrong. Ethical principles are developed early in life, generally by the time a child is 4 or 5 years old. After that point, the person learns how to apply these principles with increasing ability and success. Ethics are both a personal and a public display of your principles and beliefs. It is because of ethical beliefs that humans may act differently in different situations. These actions based on ethical principles are called morals. Ethics can support clearly defined right and wrong, as in duty-driven or deontological ethics. In this case, what is right and wrong is determined by an external authority, in most cases a deity or the law (right-based ethics). In systems such as relativism, ethics may shift, depending on if you are with family, at work, at a sporting event, at a religious gathering, in a professional organization, with friends, or alone. The list is endless. In relativistic ethics, underlying principles, unlike those in duty-driven ethics, are variable and determined by an internal source: the individual. In relativistic ethics, each person makes up their own right and wrong based on personal feelings. Experience, the situation, culture, or any other factor the individual thinks is important may assist in determining right and wrong. One can never tell exactly how a relativist will act in a pa

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