• WordNet 3.6
    • n ethics the philosophical study of moral values and rules
    • n ethics motivation based on ideas of right and wrong
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ethics ĕth"ĭks The science of human duty; the body of rules of duty drawn from this science; a particular system of principles and rules concerting duty, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions; as, political or social ethics; medical ethics. "The completeness and consistency of its morality is the peculiar praise of the ethics which the Bible has taught."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ethics The science of right conduct and character; the science which treats of the nature and grounds of moral obligation and of the rules which ought to determine conduct in accordance with this obligation; the doctrine of man's duty in respect to himself and the rights of others. Kant distinguishes between pure morals, or the science of the necessary moral laws of a free will, and ethics properly so called, which considers those laws as under the influence of sentiments, inclinations, and passions to which all human beings are more or less subject.
    • n ethics The whole of the moral sciences; natural jurisprudence. In this application ethics includes moral philosophy, international law, public or political law, civil law, and history, profane, civil, and political.
    • n ethics A particular system of principles and rules concerning moral obligations and regard for the rights of others, whether true or false; rules of practice in respect to a single class of human actions and duties: as, social ethics; medical ethics.
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  • Manly Hall
    Manly Hall
    “A man without ethics is a wild beast loosed upon this world.”
  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “Stripped of ethical rationalizations and philosophical pretensions, a crime is anything that a group in power chooses to prohibit.”
  • Adrian Cadbury
    Adrian Cadbury
    “Shelving hard decisions is the least ethical course.”
  • Margaret Mead
    “It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.”
  • Richard A. Nelson
    Richard A. Nelson
    “If you take away ideology, you are left with a case by case ethics which in practice ends up as me first, me only, and in rampant greed.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    “One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. éthique,. See Ethic


In literature:

You've been in love with a man whose fond papa's supported him so you haven't had to soil your lovely ethics with dirty money.
"Class of '29" by Orrie Lashin and Milo Hastings
Through it lies the way to Ethics.
"Practical Essays" by Alexander Bain
Hawkins, C. J. Ibsen's ethics of marriage.
"Henrik Ibsen" by Ina Ten Eyck Firkins
I dissent from his statement that only the mechanistic conception of life can throw light on the source of ethics.
"The Breath of Life" by John Burroughs
Professional ethics wouldn't allow Mongery to say anything in Pelton's behalf on Atomflame's time.
"Null-ABC" by Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire
Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as ethics of the press.
"Modern Eloquence: Vol III, After-Dinner Speeches P-Z" by Various
For it must be conceded that all friendly relations are based upon ethical treatment.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
He had the audacity but not the ethical consistency of his crime.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
If there is any ethics or any poetry in it, let him have it who can extract it.
"The Last Harvest" by John Burroughs
He has no system of ethics, politics, or anything else to teach.
"Platform Monologues" by T. G. Tucker
Religion has always had an ethical content, simple enough to begin with as religion itself was simple.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
In both a physical and ethical point of view he was not absolutely complete from the first.
"History of Rationalism Embracing a Survey of the Present State of Protestant Theology" by John F. Hurst
The ethics of the Roman people chiefly concerned their relation to the state, to which their church was in great measure subservient.
"Is Polite Society Polite?" by Julia Ward Howe
At the very least they'd be facing an ethics fiasco.
"Syndrome" by Thomas Hoover
Is he going to prepare the groundwork of artistic labor with a view to ethical design, or pure artistic design?
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
Mary Brunton like Mrs. Opie wrote to improve the ethical ideals of her generation.
"Woman's Work in English Fiction" by Clara Helen Whitmore
It only tells an ethical one.
"Concerning Lafcadio Hearn" by George M. Gould
Thus "one satiric touch" seems to demonstrate that the native ethics are not of missionary origin.
"Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Andrew Lang
Leaving for a time the question of how religion actually does arise, we may turn to those writers who define religion in terms of ethics.
"A Grammar of Freethought" by Chapman Cohen
Now, what are Polar ethics?
"My Attainment of the Pole" by Frederick A. Cook

In poetry:

Poems of ethical thought is she,
Divinely sung on every page;
All her womanly heart engaged
With love of me, with love of me.
"My List Of Beautiful Things" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
My family ghosts I fought and routed,
Their values, though, I never doubted:
I thought the Protestant Work-Ethic
Both practical and sympathetic.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden
All nations live by ideals; but in need
They linger with no ethic obsolete;
They bend the knee to no unfriendly creed;
But tramp their values firm beneath an army's feet.
"Reason And Honour " by Eden Phillpotts
Starve thou the soul of the world,
Brother, as I the body !
Shall we not glut our lust
On these wretches whom Fate hath hurled
To a hell of jesus and shoddy,
Dung and ethics and dust ?
"The Twins" by Aleister Crowley

In news:

Instead he yielded the ethical high ground to a censored advertiser.
THE STATE'S Court of Judicial Discipline filed charges of ethical violations Tuesday against Philadelphia Common Pleas Judge Thomas M Nocella.
The Construction Industry 's Ethical Dilemma.
Rise of Ethical Consumerism in Europe.
Ethics of jihad require self-defense without anger.
The ethics suit against former Treasurer Timothy P Cahill was continued until the end of May after his new lawyer asked for more time to familiarize himself with the case.
Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi listens to comments at his misconduct hearing by the San Francisco Ethics Commission on Monday, April 23, 2012 in San Francisco, Calif (Aric Crabb/Staff).
Capretta, an associate director at the Office of Management and Budget from 2001 to 2004, is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.
Hartford Courant Violated Ethical Standards.
Kevin Z Smith, SPJ President, 304 367-4864, Andy Schotz, Ethics Committee Chairman,
Barton files ethics complaint against Sen Crandall .
Brenda Barton, R-Safford, talks during a July 17 press conference calling for an ethics investigation of Sen Rich Crandall .
Legislative Ethics Commission Slaps Already Criminally Charged Assemblyman William Boyland.
The state Legislative Ethics Commission has kicked more dirt on indicted Assemblyman William F Boyland Jr.
This week an ethics panel gives him a pass.

In science:

Privacy, benefit to the individual, and ethics in general are a boundary condition at best, often conflicting with commercial interests.
Ethical and Value-Sensitive ICT One approach to characterise the development of ICT is to note that it has become more sensitive to its environment: to users, to organisational and social context, and to society at large.
FuturICT’s technologies and platforms will furthermore be designed to promote privacy-respecting, ethical, value-oriented, and responsible use.
This broader and deeper engagement will unleash fresh insights on pressing problems at local, regional, national and global scales. The step change that is needed in the policy-making infrastructure, ethical responses to Big Data and other scientific breakthroughs, can be best achieved by an open, public process.
FA8: Ethical and Value-sensitive ICT (EVI) will be fundamental to all FuturICT activities, ensuring the integrity at all levels, including the technical level. It will help the FuturICT platform to become a proper public good, and create appropriate value for the citizens of Europe and beyond.
Ethical research activities (Focus Areas 8) take place across all Focus Areas.
The FuturICT consortium also represents some cutting edge expertise in the fields of ethics, IT, complexity and social science that are all highly relevant to address ethical issues related to FuturICT and information society in general.
ImpactFuturICT Proposal governance procedure in order to ensure that the research directions and outcomes are available to all; are open to scrutiny; are based on ethical principles and reviews; and will lead to the maximum possible social and economic benefits.
It is worth mentioning that FuturICT has already had societal impact beyond the academic sphere. For example, it has sparked off activities in the areas of arts, music, ethics, business, and politics.
The CSB will also be responsible for developing FuturICT’s policies for IP protection, ownership and licensing as well as proper methods for assessing financial and non-financial contributions to shared IP from involved parties; all in line with principles of fairness, ethics and the relevant EU and national laws.
This is expressed by the AMS in its ethical guidelines for coauthorship, which state that all of the authors listed on a collaborative paper “must have made a significant contribution to its content” .
A view of mathematics research productivity at U.S. regional public universities
American Mathematical Society, “Ethical guidelines,” adopted by the Society January 2005.
A view of mathematics research productivity at U.S. regional public universities
Astronomy is included in the physical sciences; ‘other sub jects’ include education, economics, sociology, policy/research ethics, etc.
Trends of Papers Published from 2006 to 2010 in Journals Nature and Science
In fact, it is researchers who attach a high value to gatekeeping who are unlikely to meet this ethical responsibility.
True Peer Review
In addition, ethical considerations often restrict the studied number of patients or animals.
Sample Size Planning for Classification Models