Morals vs Ethics Essay

922 Words Jul 6th, 2011 4 Pages
Morals VS Ethics
Shelby Blaylock
April 25, 2011
Dan Capps

Morals Vs Ethics
Morals define a person’s character, while ethics are stressed by a social system in which morals are applied. An individual’s “moral code” is usually unchanging while the ethics they practice can be questionable. Ethics point to standards or codes- moreover behavior that is expected of you. Morals consist of conduct that differs in intention and actions, while ethics addresses such questions as is this right or wrong, am I good or bad?
What is the difference between moral and ethical issues? Moral issues are those that involve a specific kind of experience, i.e., a special kind of feeling. These feelings differ intuitively from other kinds of
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Is this a religious or a legal issue? What about if the life of the mother is endangered? What if the fetus is found to be anencephalic –no functioning brain– Or if it has some other either catastrophic congenital defect? Is Down's Syndrome–moderate retardation–grounds for an abortion? How late can an abortion be performed? 3 months? 5 months? 7 months? How early can an abortion be performed? Is the "morning-after pill” an abortion? Should the community regulate contraception or is this for the individual to decide?
What are the differences between personal ethics and business ethics? Ethics is a word that can be used loosely, so it’s important to understand the meaning of this question by first discussing what is meant by personal ethics or professional ethics. I assume the questioner is using the term personal ethics to mean one’s conscience and the term professional ethics to mean adherence to a professional code. Sometimes those two roles can conflict. For instance, we have cases of doctors who have refused to prescribe the morning after pill, because they believe it will terminate a human life. In this case the doctor has decided that his personal ethics will guide him or her. Alternatively, a police officer may enforce a law that they personally believe is unjust. In this case the police officer has decided to put aside personal concerns and allow professional obligations to guide his or her behavior. Likewise a judge may follow the law and impose

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