Ethics and Morality
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This paper examines and discusses ethics and morality and differentiates between them by providing supporting documentation taken from several sources. Before being able to distinguish the differences, there needs to be an understanding of what ethics and morality are. The paper defines ethics as the explicit, philosophical reflection on moral beliefs and practices. Morality is defined as the beliefs and practices concerning good and evil by means of which we guide our behavior.
From the Paper:"The Book of Job is often associated with the concept of morality. It is an allegory that is divided into five parts. The central theme of the book is should Job fear God. The question of morality arises in assessing whether Job fears God out of a sense of morality and ethics or because he is afraid of retribution. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil" (Eccl. 12:13, 14).
Are people ethically and moral because they want to be or because they feel they have to be? Can you be ethical and still be immoral? For example, a lawyer may follow the law to the nth degree and be very forthright in his business dealings but does that make him a moral person? A doctor must make ethical decisions when it comes to patient care but what about the moral decision to end suffering, and in some cases allow the patient to die with dignity."
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