Thread: death penalty
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Old May 31 2013, 02:17 AM   #105
Mr Awe
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Re: death penalty

scotpens wrote: View Post
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And, you're wrong, ethics are personal. What you think is right and wrong may not be the same as my beliefs.
You're speaking of morals, not ethics. For example, abortion is legal and therefore medically ethical, although many people find it personally immoral.
Below is the definition of ethic from Merriam-Webster. Note the use of the term "morals" in the definion. Also, show me where it says it's exclusive to a society rather than an individual. In fact, definition 2b specifically states "the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group".

Definition of ETHIC

plural but sing or plural in constr: the discipline dealing with what is good and bad and with moral duty and obligation

a: a set of moral principles : a theory or system of moral values <the present-day materialistic ethic> <an old-fashioned work ethic> —often used in plural but singular or plural in construction <an elaborate ethics> <Christian ethics>
bplural but sing or plural in constr: the principles of conduct governing an individual or a group <professional ethics>
c: a guiding philosophy
d: a consciousness of moral importance <forge a conservation ethic>

plural: a set of moral issues or aspects (as rightness) <debated the ethics of human cloning>
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