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I’d say ethics starts with honesty and respect for laws, extends in earning a living to adhering to professional ethical codes and avoiding conflicts of interest, and can, for those especially concerned with social justice, even come to include applying principles which involve asking questions. I offer three of them: 1) Greatest General Good Principle: “In deciding whether a proposed action is morally right, am I comfortable with its perceived social benefit and the extent to which it produces the greatest good for the greatest number of people?” 2) Principle of Fraternal Charity: “If I were in the shoes of someone affected by this, facing similar circumstances, could I live with the consequences of what this decision involves?”  3) Principle of Universality: “What would be the results if everyone acted in this manner?”

Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries:

actions characterized by honesty, respect for law, and integrity

actions avoid conflict of interest

actions show respect for professional ethics

greatest overall happiness based ethics / Utilitarianism 

summary Wikipedia article:  Secular Ethics

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3221

Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 8

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The Rule of Law (from online encyclopedia)
Applied Ethics (from online encyclopedia)
Ethical Code (from online encyclopedia)
Business Ethics (from online encyclopedia)
Environmental Ethics (from online encyclopedia)
Research Ethics (from online encyclopedia)
Scientific Misconduct (from online encyclopedia)
Oath (from online encyclopedia)

Universal Prescriptivism  (the ethical aspects of the prescriptivism vs. descriptivism contrast, from online encyclopedia)

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Distributive Justice (from Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Calculating Consequences: The Utilitarian Approach to Ethics  (from Santa Clara University Applied Ethics Center) 
The Ethics Site  (award winning applied ethics website from U. of California at San Diego)
Business Ethics Network (aka Corporate Ethics International) 
Ethics and Policy Integration Center
Ethics and Public Policy Center
Introductory Ethics Tutorial  (from North Carolina State University)
Basic Ethics and Morals
Ethics Updates ("dedicated to promoting the thoughtful discussion of difficult moral issues" -- from UCSD)
Conflict Within Idealism: Ethics and Three Ideals 
Is Universal Ethics Possible? A Humanist Proposition, by Marian Hillar
The Challenge of Cultural Relativism, by James Rachels (1993 essay)
A Framework for Universal Principles of Ethics  (from U. of British Columbia Centre for Applied Ethics)
Values and Morals: Guidelines for Living
Center for Ethics and Business (at Loyola Marymount University)
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Twenty Things You Should Know About Corporate Crime, by Russell Mokhiber (text of June, 2007 speech)
Corporate Crime Reporter (online edition)
An Ethics Toolkit for Managers (20 page long online book)
The New Ethics of Journalism by Kelly McBride and Tom Rosensthiel (more about this 2013 book)
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Ethics in the Workplace (Christian perspective)
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"The Supreme Court Has An Ethics Problem" by Elizabeth Warren   (post on Politico Nov 1 2017)

"Human Gene Editing Is Leaving Ethics Dangerously Far Behind" by Craig Calhoun (on Huffington Post Aug 3 2017)

Practical Ethics -- Ethics in the Real World by Peter Singer (book review from The Economist September 17 2016)
The Post Truth World—Dishonesty in Politics  (report from The Economist September 10 2016)
“Why climate change is an ethical problem” b ( Jan 9 2016 article from The Washington Post)
"Ethics and the Environment: Eco-waverers" (report on study about moral licensing behavior from The Economist Feb 28 2015)
"Organ Transplants--Playing God" (article about rationing organs in June 15 2013 The Economist
"The Gospel of Wealth Fails the Inequity Test in Primates" by Eric Johnson (published on Dec 11 2012 by Scientific American)
"The New Culture War Over Fairness" by Jonathan Haidt (expanded version of October 2012 article in Time)
"Robot Ethics: Morals and the Machine" (cover story in The Economist June 2 2012)
"The Psychology of Morality: A Time to Be Honest" (report on simple experiment, from The Economist Mar 31 2012)
"Are Rich People Unethical?" (Feb 2012 news report on Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences study)
"The Ethics of Climate Change", by John Broome (June, 2008 Scientific American article)
Scientific Ethics  (ch 16 in book by Patricia Bolton) 
On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research (National Academy of Sciences pamphlet)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot (book re: ethics questions; review in NY Times Feb 2010)
America's Biggest Teacher and Principal Cheating Scandal by P. Jonsson (from Jul 5 2011 Christian Sci Mon
"Harvard Finds Scientist Guilty of Misconduct" by Nicholas Wade (story from August 20, 2010 NY Times) 
The Science of Good and Evil -- Why People Cheat, Gossip, Care, Share, and the Golden Rule, by Michael Shermer
"Ten Ways Christians Tend to Fail at Being Christians," by John Shore (2010 Huffington Post article)
Can We Be Good Without God? by Robert Buckman (info on this 2001 book)
The Great Betrayal: Fraud in Science by Horace F. Judson
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