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Did you know? – Study of Ethics

You can study ethics from both a religious and a philosophical point of view. There are five branches of ethics:

  • Normative Ethics – The largest branch, it deals with how individuals can figure out the correct moral action that they should take. Philosophers such as Socrates and John Stuart Mill are included in this branch of ethics.
  • Meta-Ethics – This branch seeks to understand the nature of ethical properties and judgments such as if truth values can be found and the theory behind moral principals.
  • Applied Ethics – This is the study of applying theories from philosophers regarding ethics in everyday life. For example, this area of ethics asks questions such as “Is it right to have an abortion?” and “Should you turn in your friend at your workplace for taking home office supplies?”
  • Moral Ethics – This branch questions how individuals develop their morality, why certain aspects of morality differ between cultures and why certain aspects of morality are generally universal.
  • Descriptive Ethics – This branch is more scientific in its approach and focuses on how juman beings actually operate in the real world, rather than attempt to theorize about how they should operate.

Knowing how to best resolve difficult moral and ethical dilemmas is never easy especially when any choice violates the societal and ethical standards by which we have been taught to govern our lives.


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Posted by on May 7, 2012 in Featured


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Is it Fair – Let’s Debate

In Europe, a woman was near death from a special kind of cancer. There was one drug that the doctors thought might save her. It was a form of radium that a druggist in the same town had recently discovered. The drug was expensive to make, but the druggist was charging ten times what the drug cost him to make. He paid $400 for the radium and charged $4,000 for a small dose of the drug. The sick woman’s husband, Heinz, went to everyone he knew to borrow the money and tried every legal means, but he could only get together about $2,000, which is half of what it cost. He told the druggist that his wife was dying, and asked him to sell it cheaper or let him pay later. But the druggist said, “No, I discovered the drug and I’m going to make money from if.” So, having tried every legal means, Heinz gets desperate and considers breaking into the man’s store to steal the drug for his wife.

Do you think what the doctor does is fair? Do you think what Heinz does justifies the cause?


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Posted by on May 3, 2012 in Featured


Let’s Debate – Need your opinion

Tony, a data analyst for a major casino, is working after normal business hours to finish an important project. He realizes that he is missing data that had been sent to his coworker Robert.Tony had inadvertently observed Robert typing his password several days ago and decides to log into Robert’s computer and resend the data to himself. Upon doing so, Tony sees an open email regarding gambling bets Robert placed over the last several days with a local sports book. All employees of the casino are forbidden to engage in gambling activities to avoid any hint of conflict of interest.

Tony knows he should report this but would have to admit to violating the company’s information technology regulations by logging into Robert’s computer. If he warns Robert to stop his betting, he would also have to reveal the source of his information. What does Tony do in this situation?


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Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Featured


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Starfish – One Step makes a difference.





A small boy was walking along a beach at low tide, where countless starfish, having been washed up on the beach, were stranded and doomed to perish. A man watched as the boy picked up individual starfish and took them back into the water.

“I can see you’re being very kind,” said the watching man, “But there must be thousands of them; it can’t possibly make any difference.”

Returning from the water’s edge, the boy said, “It will for that one.”

We see bad things happen every day, and we are able to stop them, but sometimes, we may think that we won’t make a difference. But, remember this next time the saying next time. “The journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step”.

So the next time you see something bad happen, no matter how insignificant it is, try to stop it. Imagine, if every single person in the world tried to stop just one insignificant bad thing from happening, there would be over 7 billion less problems that we would have to face.

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Posted by on April 30, 2012 in Featured, Uncategorized



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