The term ethics refers to a system of principles of conduct that guide and limit the behavior of an individual. Ethics is composed of a range of acceptable (or unacceptable) social and personal behaviors, from rules of etiquette to more basic rules of society. Ethics defines both what is good for the individual and society, and the obligations people owe themselves and one another. A system of ethics develops within the context of a society or culture, and may change over time as the society changes.

The terms ethics and morality are often used interchangeably. However, according to philosophers such as Solomon (1984), the term morality refers to a subset of ethical rules of special importance. Moral rules can be differentiated from other aspects of ethics ...

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