Friday, February 11, 2011
Morals and ethics have very similar meanings. They are sometimes distinguished in the following ways:
- Morals are personal principles of behaviour used to differentiate between right and wrong. Ethics is a code of conduct applied to a group. Ethics may be social, professional, or religious. For instance, an attorney defending a murderer may be forced to act in a way that is professionally ethical but personally immoral.
- Morals concern what is decent; ethics concerns what is fair.
- Morals are inherent individual beliefs about good and bad. Ethics is the philosophical study of morality.