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Unformatted text preview: ny society, most people accept
standards that are, in fact, ethical. But standards of behavior in society can deviate from what
is ethical. An entire society can become ethically corrupt.
Nazi Germany(1933-1945) is a good example of a morally
corrupt society. Newman and Erber (2002) wrote, "The
Nazis have become one of the most widely recognized
images of modern evil.
images Moreover, if being ethical were doing "whatever society
accepts," then to find out what is ethical, one would have
to find out what society accepts. To decide what I should think about abortion, for example,
I would have to take a survey of Kazakh society and then
conform my beliefs to whatever society accepts.
conform What is Ethics? But no one ever tries to decide an ethical issue by
doing a survey. Further, the lack of social consensus
on many issues makes it impossible to equate ethics
with whatever society accepts. Some people accept abortion but many others do not.
If being ethical were doing whatever society accepts,
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