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Compare ethics and values. Determine how they are different from each other.

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law222 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Honors

Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM via web

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Compare ethics and values. Determine how they are different from each other.

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted May 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM (Answer #1)

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The simple answer to your question is that values are standards, rules, and beliefs by which we live our individual lives.  Ethics on the other hand are standards created by organizations, businesses, and groups that need for their employees or organizational member to behave in a specific manner.

To expand on the concept of values, a person makes hundreds of decisions daily.  Those decisions are made based on the value system that person lives by and shares with others of like values.   On the other hand ethics are more broadly experienced on a society-wide level.  We have ethics standards for doctors, lawyers, teachers and other professional organizations.  Many businesses have ethical standards that must be met.  If an employee's value system does not line up with the ethical standards of their professional organization, then they may not keep their license or that profession or their job.

There are several links listed below that may give you more information on this subject.  I hope this was helpful.

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