IMED2003 Study Guide - Midterm Guide: Primum Non NocerePremium
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IMED2003: Revision 12 Notes
Ethics and Morality
○ Moral principles that govern a person's behaviour or the conducting of an
○ concerned with or derived from the code of behaviour that is considered
right or acceptable in a particular society
■ Founded on the fundamental principles of right conduct rather than
on legalities, enactment, or custom!!
■ Distinguishes between intentions, decisions, and actions as proper
and those that are improper
■ Can derive from a particular philosophy, religion, or culture
● OR from a standard that a person believes should be
Relationship Between Ethics and Law
● 1. Ethics does not exist outside the law
○ Society needs and prevailing laws define ethical behaviour
○ Informed by the law, society, and the prevailing culture.
○ There are ethical requirements that are not necessarily required by law
○ But what is ethical can never conflict with what is legally required.
● 2. Ethics exists entirely outside of the law
○ Is a matter of personal conscience.
○ Because ethics grows from within social practices:
■ There is usually correspondence between ethics and the law
■ Where there is conflict, the ethical viewpoint must always prevail.
Ethics and Law ISSUES
● Ethics is strongly influenced by a country’s laws and culture
● The relationship between ethics, law, culture and society is unclear
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