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�Ethics: Final Essay

Ethics: Final Essay

Heather Spencer

Phi 445

Professor Judson

February 1, 2010


Ethics: Final Essay

Ethics, what is ethics and what does it mean? Ethics can be defined as a set of morals in which you distinguish the right from the wrong. We all learn ethical norms from home, church, school and other social settings. Some basics principles of ethics are, do unto others as they would do unto you. In the bible it states, "Do not kill, steal, cheat, or lie". The two words, ethics and morals can be used interchangeably but there is a slight difference between them. Ethics are society's version of morals that is accepted by society, and morals are an individual's set of beliefs instilled in them. As a child we watch our elders go about life telling us, and teaching us what is right and what is wrong.

The influences and real life experiences are what separate each individual into what is grouped in this "society" of ours. Ethical dilemmas are found everywhere in everyone's life. The laws we have in America defines what is right and wrong according to the laws we have set in place. For example, it is against the law to discriminate based on sex, race, or religion. It wasn't always that way, but over time we have learned to adapt with our culture. In this essay, I will review my set of morals/ethics and will imagine myself as a manager for my own business and apply that to the knowledge I have learned throughout this course.

Ethical values are the foundation for any civilized society. Without a foundation, nothing can stand. In America, we were founded on a creed that was written in the Declaration of Independence and that was...