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being. Human reason alone has limits, and therefore it
should not be surprising that these standards of
morality also will have limitations.
15 Defining Ethics
Defining The essential ingredient of the deontological
definitions is that real, objective standards of morality
exist for humans and that at least some of these
standards can be discovered by human reason.
standards Ethicists devote their energies to discovering such
standards of conduct or codes of moral behavior. This school of ethics is based on the notion that
people have the duty to always obey moral rules,
regardless of any positive outcomes that can come
from breaking them. There is no subjectivity and a moral rule is always be
obeyed without any thought. For instance, Kant gave
the example that it is wrong to lie even if it could save
a person’s life. Defining Ethics
Defining Organizations that have developed codes of ethics for
their members, such as the American Medical
Association and the American Society for Public
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This note was uploaded on 02/11/2014 for the course BSC 2501 taught by Professor Frigerio during the Fall '12 term at Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research.
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