Ethics of justice refers to principles, grounded on ideas of what is just, that underlie right action. The term is often used in reference to the stages of moral development first articulated by psychologist Lawrence Kohlberg in 1974 and observed in a 20-year experiment in which he and his associates periodically recorded responses to a moral dilemma. Adherence to the ethics of justice signifies that a person has developed selfhood to the point of capability to craft independent, reasonable moral decisions. The flourishing of justice for the benefit of individuals, institutions, and society is a stated primary end of ethical journalism in media codes of conduct such as those formulated by the Society of Professional Journalists in the United States, the Journalists Association of the ...

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